petulantly

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

petulant +‎ -ly

AdverbEdit

petulantly (comparative more petulantly, superlative most petulantly)

  1. In a petulant manner.
    • 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, OCLC 1167497017:
      `She loves the man, and he has been pleased to accept her love: where, then, is her sin?' `Truly, oh Holly, thou art foolish,' she answered, almost petulantly.
    • 1929, Robert Dean Frisbee, The Book of Puka-Puka (republished by Eland, 2019; p. 193):
      A wayward hen, too proud to roost with the other hens on the village church, had come to our coconut palm and was cluck-clucking petulantly, for halfway up the tree she had spied us occupying her roost.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1962, OCLC 751607287, page 233:
      Her tone was resentful, rejecting a burst of generous emotion on her behalf. She stood twisting and untwisting her bag, making the money jink petulantly, while her dark eyes and vermilion pout repudiated the painted replicas of herself tacked to the wall.

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