• WordNet 3.6
    • adv petulantly in a petulant manner; `Go away!'" "he said testily"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Petulantly In a petulant manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • petulantly In a petulant manner: with petulance; with peevish or impatient abruptness or rudeness; with ill-bred pertness.
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    “The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.”


In literature:

And her tone was almost petulant as she refused to sing again.
"The Mysterious Key And What It Opened" by Louisa May Alcott
When he grew petulant, especially, he seemed like a woman.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
A mutiny broke out in the vanguard, Noemi being the more petulant.
"The Saint" by Antonio Fogazzaro
On the passage, the captain was testy, petulant, and unhappy.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
Nature, indeed, here is like some spoilt, petulant child.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Souchey came to her side, but she rejected his arm petulantly.
"Nina Balatka" by Anthony Trollope
The gloom and petulance that had collected upon his countenance were dissipated in a moment.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
She had one shoe off, and was striving petulantly to extract a cactus thorn from the leather with a hat pin.
"Chip, of the Flying U" by B. M. Bower
Petulant Suburban, I am the real rustic.
"Alarms and Discursions" by G. K. Chesterton
His chin was smooth and round, his lips thin and petulant.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance

In poetry:

I am sister to the rain;
Fey and sudden and unholy,
Petulant at the windowpane,
Quickly lost, remembered slowly.
"Rainy Night" by Dorothy Parker
But see! a face is at the door
Whose eyes are not at rest;
A voice breaks on divinest lore
With petulant request.
"Mary" by George MacDonald
Now sullen, a quiet, and deep,—
Now fretful, and foaming, wild;
Now like a giant asleep,
And now like a petulant child.
"The Fishermen" by Ernest Jones
Has our love all died out? Have its altars grown cold?
Has the curse come at last which the fathers foretold?
Then Nature must teach us the strength of the chain
That her petulant children would sever in vain.
"Brother Jonathan's Lament for Sister Caroline" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"And what—ay! what means Warven's here?
For none will dare—where none invite!
Philip, my son! Why ever still
O'erruled by petulance of will?
We see the tale . . of . . . love . . . . surprised—
A menial's insolence chastised!"
"Percy Vere, The Peer's Story - Part I - My Home" by Ernest Jones
Vain at the festive bar still lingered the people of Angels,
Hearing afar in the woods the petulant pop of the pistol;
Never again returned the Crested Jay Hawk of the mountains,
Never again was seen the Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley.
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Personal information had been compromised, she did so with the demeanor of a mobster or a petulant child, declaring that she wanted “that man brutalized”.
Just to make sure - because I wanted to take no chances on the petulant Jay Cutler or the blowhard Jets making the Super Bowl.
Petulant teen's tweet against governor exposes her immaturity.
Petulant child or innocent victim of a PR blitz.
A More Petulant Than Headstrong Hedda.
Doubling down on the petulance .
Petulant politicians wage war on Florida courts.
Talented but petulant driver signs with Furniture Row Racing for 2013.
President Petulant Obama makes Berkeley liberals look like statesmen.
Forte seems petulant as contract talks drag on.
Glitter Bombers Act Like Petulant Children.
This time, the petulance could not prevent an outbreak of reason on the Senate floor.
Steve Jobs was petulant and mean:Biographer.
As the moment of his sentencing approaches, Tristan Gilmour sits petulantly in an Arapahoe County courtroom.
Rachel channels her inner toddler as she whines petulantly and makes irrational demands throughout the leg, causing fiance Brendon to offer to quit the Race and restore what passes for order in her universe.