peckish

adjective
peck·ish | \ˈpe-kish \

Definition of peckish 

1 chiefly British : hungry

2 : crotchety

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Synonyms & Antonyms for peckish

Synonyms

empty, famished, hungry, starved, starving

Antonyms

full, sated, satiate, satiated, satisfied

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Examples of peckish in a Sentence

If you're feeling peckish, there's some cheese in the fridge. a peckish tone of voice

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Vermont has suffered its own peckish pest — the forest tent caterpillar, said Michael Snyder, commissioner of Vermont's forests, parks and recreation. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "A Stellar Fall Foliage Season Is On The Way," 31 Aug. 2017 Picking up on the baggie of Cheerios that Day handed over to a peckish Moffat on Saturday, Don posted this photo of himself on Instagram gamely offering to play himself. Joanna Robinson, VanityFair.com, "S.N.L.: At Least One Member of the Trump Family Has a Sense of Humor," 7 Mar. 2017 Picking up on the baggie of Cheerios that Day handed over to a peckish Moffat on Saturday, Don posted this photo of himself on Instagram gamely offering to play himself. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "S.N.L.: At Least One Member of the Trump Family Has a Sense of Humor," 7 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of peckish

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peckish

peck entry 2

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The first known use of peckish was in 1714

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peckish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of peckish

: slightly hungry

: irritated or annoyed

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