pet·​u·​lance | \ ˈpe-chə-lən(t)s How to pronounce petulance (audio) \

Definition of petulance

: the quality or state of being petulant : peevishness

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of petulance in a Sentence

I do not appreciate your petulance and eagerness to argue.
Recent Examples on the Web Boogie is is the embodiment of petulance, frustration, and rage, everything barely held together by hormones and an endless supply of Haterade for his no-win situation. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2021 For the past four years, during Rico’s steady ascent to national stardom, some have heard her charismatic petulance as a punk-rock echo, and that’s one way to calibrate your ears to her musical nya-nya. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2020 Such petulance is beneath the office of mayor and an insult to all New Orleanians., 9 Dec. 2020 But the delay did represent perhaps the most perplexing one, based less on proof than petulance. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2020 But part of the answer is that his petulance and narcissism are boundless. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2020 And with Biden winning at least 279 electoral college votes and leading the popular vote by, thus far, almost 5 million, the president’s threats and general petulance have become less newsworthy. Mary Mcnamara Culture Columnist And Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2020 Biden, with his odes to unity and old-fashioned statesmanship, is tapping into an unmistakable weariness from the bombast, the braggadocio, the petulance, the defensiveness and the diplomatic amateurishness of President Donald Trump. Gilbert Garcia,, 31 Oct. 2020 No team wants to appear to be seen placating the petulance of a frustrated player by showering him with millions of dollars. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 24 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'petulance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of petulance

1535, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about petulance

Time Traveler for petulance

Time Traveler

The first known use of petulance was in 1535

See more words from the same year

Statistics for petulance

Cite this Entry

“Petulance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for petulance


pet·​u·​lance | \ ˈpe-chə-ləns How to pronounce petulance (audio) \

Kids Definition of petulance

: an irritable temper

More from Merriam-Webster on petulance

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for petulance

Nglish: Translation of petulance for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!