adjective Chiefly British Informal.

  1. somewhat hungry: By noon we were feeling a bit peckish.
  2. rather irritable: He’s always a bit peckish after his nap.


  1. informal, mainly British feeling slightly hungry; having an appetite

adj.“somewhat hungry,” literally “disposed to peck,” 1785, from peck (v.) + -ish. Related: Peckishly; peckishness.

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