peckish

adjective

peck·​ish ˈpe-kish How to pronounce peckish (audio)
1
chiefly British : hungry
2

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 Those feeling peckish while looking at the view can order small plates, salads, sandwiches, a sweet treat, or a cheese and honey plate stacked with Anatolian cheeses. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2024 After enough pressure, an unfortunately peckish wolf might get a mouthful of foul-tasting blood instead. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 14 Dec. 2023 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

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Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peckish. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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