If you stomp your foot angrily when the bakery is out of your favorite cupcake flavor, you're acting pettish, or like a little kid who's in a cranky mood.

If you do nothing but complain in the emails you write your grandparents — about the weather, your friends, your family, and what you had for lunch — they may think of you as pettish. Pettish people are irritable and petulant. Some word experts believe there's a connection between the adjective pettish and being a pet, or a spoiled child.

Definitions of pettish

adj easily irritated or annoyed

cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, peevish, petulant, scratchy, techy, testy, tetchy
having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

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