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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Petulant


PET'ULANT, adjective [Latin petulans.] Saucy; pert or forward with fretfulness or sourness of temper; as a petulant youth.

1. Manifesting petulance; proceeding from pettishness; as a petulant demand; a petulant answer.

2. Wanton; freakish in passion.