peckish

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

Definition of peckish

1 chiefly British : hungry

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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 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, "San Antonio movie theaters offering perks to people who leave home to watch ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on the big screen," 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, "All the Riverdale Easter eggs in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3," 24 Jan. 2020 The sarcastic rabbit and the sincere, if sincerely peckish, bear make an entertaining duo. — Kathie Meizner, Washington Post, "Four new books to help your kids laugh and learn," 21 Oct. 2019 Turns out that when honey isn’t available, peckish bears will happily grab a pumpkin. Melissa Locker, Time, "Halloween Prankster Bear Saunters Up to House to Steal Pumpkin and No Festive Gourd Is Safe. Intentions Are Unclear.," 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, "15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London," 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, "15 Best Places for Afternoon Tea in London," 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, "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

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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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31 Dec 2020

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“Peckish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peckish. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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peckish

adjective
How to pronounce peckish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of peckish

informal
chiefly British : slightly hungry
US : irritated or annoyed

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