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peckish

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adjective peck·ish \ˈpe-kish\

Simple Definition of peckish

  • : slightly hungry

  • : irritated or annoyed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of peckish

  1. 1 chiefly British :  hungry

  2. 2 :  crotchety

Examples of peckish in a sentence

  1. If you're feeling peckish, there's some cheese in the fridge.

  2. a peckish tone of voice



Origin of peckish

2peck


First Known Use: 1785


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