peckish

/pek"ish/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Informal.
1. somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
2. rather irritable: He's always a bit peckish after his nap.
[1775-85; PECK2 + -ISH1]

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  • Peckish — Peck ish, a. Inclined to eat; hungry. [Colloq.] When shall I feel peckish again? Beaconsfield. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peckish — disposed to peck, somewhat hungry, 1785, from PECK (Cf. peck) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • peckish — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ hungry …   English terms dictionary

  • peckish — [pek′ish] adj. [ PECK1 + ISH] 1. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] somewhat hungry 2. Informal cross; irritable peckishly adv. peckishness n …   English World dictionary

  • peckish — mod. hungry. □ I’m just a little peckish right now. I need a bite to eat. □ Wow, you look peckish! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • peckish — peck|ish [ˈpekıʃ] adj BrE informal slightly hungry ▪ She was feeling a bit peckish …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • peckish — [[t]pe̱kɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If you say that you are feeling peckish, you mean that you are slightly hungry. [BRIT, INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • peckish — Adj. Hungry. E.g. What time is dinner? I m feeling a little peckish. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • peckish — adjective Etymology: 2peck Date: 1785 1. chiefly British hungry 2. crotchety …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peckish — adjective a) mildly hungry b) irritable; crotchety …   Wiktionary

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