- cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent: a peevish youngster.
- showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood: a peevish reply; a peevish frown.
- perverse or obstinate.
Origin of peevish
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Examples from the Web for peevish
The young people in Girls are miserable, peevish, depressed, hate their bodies, themselves, their life, and each other.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
Impatient and dismissive, punctuated by forced, faked little laughs and peevish demands for more airtime.Ryan Solid, But One Major Mistake
October 12, 2012
She had no affection for this selfish invalid, this weak, peevish bully.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Are you mistress of the petulant, the peevish, and the sullen tone?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
There's nothing for you to be peevish about, the water's like glass.The Harbor
He may fail in the attempt, and be a peevish thing at play, but the attempt will show him at his best.Mountain Meditations
Perhaps it was the fault of the portrait, but he had a peevish frown.Stories of a Western Town
- fretful or irritablea peevish child
- obsolete perverse
Word Origin and History for peevish
late 14c., peyvesshe "perverse, capricious, silly," of uncertain origin, possibly modeled on Latin perversus "reversed, perverse," past participle of pervertere "to turn about" (see pervert (v.)). Meaning "cross, fretful" first recorded 1520s. Related: Peevishly; peevishness.