1. moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some minor annoyance

2. easily angered or annoyed, especially in a rude way

3. insolent or rude in speech or behavior

The word petulant is an adjective. It is a disapproving term used to describe a bad-tempered child, an adult behaving like an angry child or behavior of this type.

– Vocabulary Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS)


Below are a few examples of how to use the word correctly in a sentence:

• Because Kimberly is a petulant child, she screams all the time. (Complex Sentence)

• Kimberly is a spoiled brat who screams all the time, and some adults consider her a petulant brat. (Compound Sentence)

• Kimberly is a spoiled brat who screams all the time because she wants to be the center of attention so that everyone in the room will look at her and chuckle. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

• Kimberly petulantly screamed. (Simple Sentence)

Other word forms of Petulant

petulantly = adverb

Here are a few synonyms for the word petulant. Remember synonyms are words or a phrase that mean exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase.

• choleric

• cranky

• grouchy

• snappy


1. On a fresh sheet of paper, write three complex sentences using the word petulant. (A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause).

An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence. A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It’s a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. On that same sheet of paper, write two compound sentences using one of the other word forms of petulant. (A compound sentence is a sentence containing two (or more) independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon).

3. After you have completed this assignment, please type your written sentences in the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

4. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback on the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post them below.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it in your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word. Figuratively speaking, you’ll own the word.

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