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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 28th July 2021
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petulant (adjective) PET-yu-lunt

Sulky, peevishly bad-tempered, impudent in manner.

Cranston nodded, his eyes petulant like those of a child being refused a sweet.

Paul Harding, The Nightingale Gallery. Amazon

This keeps them on their toes and if they don't respond quickly to my petulant demands for cups of tea and biscuits, I sigh and get out the notebook.

Catherine O'Flynn, The Observer, 6 January 2008. The Observer

Ginger radio whiz Chris Evans was described as "petulant" and "sulky" by the judge who threw out his £8.6 million claim against Virgin Radio this week.

Unattributed, Hello Magazine, 27 June 2003. Hello Magazine

While Mr. Blair could affect breezy insouciance under attack, Mr. Brown just gets petulant, irascible and defensive, as he did last week when Vincent Cable, the acting Liberal Democratic leader, compared him to the bumbling television and film character Mr. Bean.

Sarah Lyall, The New York Times, 5 December 2007. New York Times

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