It was upon the 4th of March, as I have good reason to remember, that I rose somewhat earlier than usual, and found that Sherlock Holmes had not yet finished his breakfast. The landlady had become so accustomed to my late habits that my place had not been laid not my coffee prepared. With the unreasonable petulance of mankind I rand the bell and gave a curt intimation that I was ready. Then I picked up a magazine from the table and attempted to while away the time with it, while my companion munched silently at his toast. One of the articles had a pencil mark at the heading, and I naturally began to run my eye through it.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
adj, rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner; terse
[Middle English, short, brief, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin curtus]
adj., unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish.
[Latin petulāns, insolent, from petere, to seek, assail]