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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Petulant  \Pet"u*lant\,  a.  [L.  petulans,  -antis,  prop.,  making 
  slight  attacks  upon  from  a  lost  dim.  of  petere  to  fall  upon 
  to  attack:  cf  F.  p['e]tulant.  See  {Petition}.] 
  1.  Forward;  pert;  insolent;  wanton.  [Obs.]  --Burton. 
  2.  Capriciously  fretful;  characterized  by  ill-natured 
  freakishness;  irritable.  ``Petulant  moods.''  --Macaulay. 
  Syn:  Irritable;  ill-humored;  peevish;  cross;  fretful; 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  easily  irritated  or  annoyed;  "an  incorrigibly  fractious 
  young  man";  "not  the  least  nettlesome  of  his 
  countrymen"  [syn:  {cranky},  {fractious},  {irritable},  {nettlesome}, 
  {peevish},  {peckish},  {pettish},  {testy},  {tetchy},  {techy}] 

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