peck·​ish ˈpe-kish How to pronounce peckish (audio)
chiefly British : hungry

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 On Saturdays, the hotel hosts a traditional ceremony in its Garden Court dining room, where stands of classic English bites like scones and finger sandwiches decorate the tables and serve as the perfect pick-me-up for peckish tourists and locals alike. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2023 Feeling peckish? Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2022 Getting peckish? Katherine Cusumano, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 June 2021 Feeling peckish and looking for a nice, homey place to have a bite to eat? San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2022 Guests can relax in style on its plentiful lounge chairs, or grab a drink at Tipsy Bar, its idyllic watering hole with a wood shake roof that also serves light bites for peckish guests. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 8 Apr. 2022 And those who feel peckish can can raid the mini bar, which comes stocked with snacks, water, soda, and iced tea. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2022 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,, 22 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History


peck entry 2

First Known Use

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peckish was in 1714

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“Peckish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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