• WordNet 3.6
    • adv pettishly in a petulant manner; `Go away!'" "he said testily"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pettishly In a pettish manner; with a freak of ill temper.
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In literature:

Why then did Master Robert Fowler pause more than once in his work to heave a deep sigh, and throw down his tools almost pettishly?
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
But to-day he pushed the tray from him pettishly, ignoring Scipio.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Still holding it, Tristram leant back and stared; and as he stared a pettish anger took him.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He glares at 'em pettish.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
My opponent, to whom I can give twenty, ran out when I was sixty-seven, and I put aside my cue pettishly.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
He brushed all that away impatiently, pettishly.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Now, Margaret, do not be pettish, and deny yourself what you know you like best.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Daily Le ffacase became a sterner taskmaster, a more pettishly exacting employer.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The doctor frowned pettishly and made as though to turn away.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
They were occasionally pettish.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger