This word has been around since the year 1538. It's from a Latin verb meaning "seek."
At first, "petulant" meant "lewd." Then it grew to mean "rude," and then "cranky," the meaning we use today.
So in other words, today, petulant people and things are cranky, sulky, and in a bad mood, usually in a childish way, and usually because of small, unimportant reasons.
PETCH yuh lunt
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "a petulant frown" or "a petulant child."
2. After a linking verb, as in "It was petulant" or "He was petulant.")
Other forms: petulantly, petulance (or petulancy)
How to use it:
This word has a negative tone. To call people petulant is to suggest that their anger is petty, childish, and inappropriate.
Talk about petulant people and their petulant moods, attitudes, behaviors, spats, squabbles, gestures, postures, comments, complaints, demands, etc.
Or, talk about petulant rage, petulant strife, petulant indignance, and so on.
examples: The drinks are wrong and the food is cold, but she shouldn't have risen such a petulant fuss.
"Aunty Uju sounded defiant, even petulant, clenching her fist tightly around her own story."