pet·​tish ˈpe-tish How to pronounce pettish (audio)
pettishly adverb
pettishness noun

Examples of pettish in a Sentence

a pettish baby who always seemed to be crying
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Word History


probably from pet entry 4

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pettish was circa 1552

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“Pettish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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pet·​tish ˈpet-ish How to pronounce pettish (audio)
pettishly adverb
pettishness noun
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