peckish

adjective
peck·​ish | \ ˈpe-kish How to pronounce peckish (audio) \

Definition of peckish

1 chiefly British : hungry
2 : crotchety

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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
Recent Examples on the Web When clients are feeling peckish after a session in My Zen Den’s infrared sauna, Gilleo often sends them to Ziatun, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Beacon. Joni Sweet, Forbes, 18 June 2021 In addition, peckish souls who want to venture beyond popcorn and a soda can order a shake, a pizza or a cocktail created specifically for the movie. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, 22 Dec. 2020 Hopefully Jughead and the other bikers won’t miss him because Spider-Hilda grew rather peckish waiting for her food. Nick Romano, EW.com, 24 Jan. 2020 The sarcastic rabbit and the sincere, if sincerely peckish, bear make an entertaining duo. — Kathie Meizner, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2019 Turns out that when honey isn’t available, peckish bears will happily grab a pumpkin. Melissa Locker, Time, 8 Oct. 2019 This sandwich-and-scone combo was invented by a peckish noblewoman tired of waiting for Queen Victoria at supper. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Mar. 2018 This sandwich-and-scone combo was invented by a peckish noblewoman tired of waiting for Queen Victoria at supper. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Mar. 2018 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, 31 Aug. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peckish. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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peckish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of peckish

: slightly hungry
: irritated or annoyed

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