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petulant


She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
  unreasonably annoyed or upset

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easily annoyed or upset
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  • She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
  • She is petulant by nature and was clearly insulted by the question.
  • "I wish I knew who it is," said Malfoy petulantly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • ...Lily said petulantly.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver

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  • "No; nor will she miss now," cries The Vengeance, petulantly.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • There was no hint of hair on his face, his pudgy hands were baby smooth, and he had pouting lips that curled petulantly as he sipped from a flagon.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "Thunder!" he remarked petulantly.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  •   Zaphod stared at him bitterly.
      "...you wake me up from my own perfectly good dream to show me somebody else’s."
      ...
      "Very pretty," said Zaphod petulantly.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He jerked his shoulder petulantly away from the grip of his questioner.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • I told myself that I could never stop, and with a gust of petulance I resolved to stop forthwith.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine

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  • At other times, she would turn petulantly away, and hide her face in her hands, or even push him off angrily; and then he took care to let her alone, for he was certain of doing no good.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Adam said petulantly, "I’m not helpless, Lee."
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • "You might have told me there was a
    snake behind me!" I said petulantly.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "You ought to have sent word, or told me this morning, and you ought to have remembered how busy I was," continued Meg petulantly, for even turtledoves will peck when ruffled.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "She wasn’t at all like I thought she’d be," Sebastian went on petulantly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • HONEY (Petulantly): No! If I can’t do my interpretive dance, I don’t want to dance with anyone.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Mrs Fellows slept uneasily, dreaming of weddings. Once she said aloud, "My train. Be careful of my train."

    "What’s that?" he asked petulantly.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "He doesn’t look it, but he was surprisingly sweet with Estha," Ammu said.
    "So why don’t you marry him then?" Rahel said petulantly.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Rambert tossed his head petulantly.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Max scanned the row of hideous, petulant-looking creatures that were staring insolently at him from behind their muzzles.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Dollie sat down backwards suddenly with her legs sprawled in front of her and cried with a petulantly accusing voice, "Johnnie, you pushed me on purpose!" and everyone laughed.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • There are days when all I want is to be free of him and his petulance and neediness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • You can be as petulant as you want, tomorrow. Today, though, I’d appreciate it if you would keep your mind on the examination.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Isabelle looked petulant.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • ...the little eyes half scowling, half petulant.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • "Don’t be petulant," my father said.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He’s petulant!
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • And the baby was weary and petulant, and he cried softly until Juana gave him her breast,
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Perhaps the holes in the door are a reflection of the father’s petulance more than his love.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • He heard the petulance in his own voice.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Not a helpless or pleading child, but a petulant one, the type of tough boy who’s known too little love and is quick to blame others for his mistakes.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • There was nothing of the real Jack in that howling ... petulant voice, though.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I couldn’t imagine petulant little Jane surrendering her advantage, even to learn.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • His manner varies from genial bullying when he is in a good humor to stormy petulance when anything goes wrong;
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • I knew I was being difficult, not to mention petulant.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • His wound was making him sound petulant.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The eyes are petulant, mischievous.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The man in the yellow suit raised his eyebrows and a nervous petulance came into his voice.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • My voice was petulant.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He knows by the white man’s look of disapproval and petulance that he is being told to get on his way, that he is "stepping out of line.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • For more than a year they had waited on a Queen who was petulant, cruel, contradictory, miserable.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "Go ahead, scoff," he said, petulant.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • Whatever petulance she uttered in her throaty voice worried him.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • "I’m angry with you, Emil," she broke out with petulance.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • All gaiety was gone from the company; some were sullen and silent, some were irritable and petulant, none were gentle-humoured, all were thirsty.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Burton was nervous, jumpy, petulant.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • glancing, with a petulant expression
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • My mother was at her worst just before going to work, petulant like a child.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • At six, Grandma woke, hungry and petulant.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • "I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself," answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
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