(?), a. [L. petulans, -antis, prop., making slight attacks upon, from a lost dim. of petere to fall upon, to attack: cf. F. ptulant. See Petition.] 1. Forward; pert; insolent; wanton. [Obs.] Burton.
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2. Capriciously fretful; characterized by ill-natured freakishness; irritable. "Petulant moods." Macaulay.
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Syn. -- Irritable; ill-humored; peevish; cross; fretful; querulous.
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