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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin, from petere; PETITION1

petulant

adjective
     
pet‧u‧lant
behaving in an unreasonably impatient and angry way, like a child
petulantly adverb:
'Which one?' he demanded petulantly.
petulance noun [uncountable]

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