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petulant

pet·u·lant

petulant

 
pronunciation:
pe ch lnt
part of speech: adjective
definition: showing or inclined to show sudden or unreasonable irritation, impatience, or ill temper; peevish or sulky.
The boy was a promising musician, but he was petulant, often throwing tantrums or refusing to play during his lessons.
synonyms:
bad-tempered, fractious, grouchy, irritable, peevish, pettish, sulky
antonyms:
good-humored
similar words:
bilious, cantankerous, cranky, cross, crotchety, fretful, huffy, irascible, out of sorts, perverse, testy, touchy
derivations: petulantly (adv.), petulance (n.)