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  1. a source of annoyance or irritation: Tardiness is one of my greatest peeves.
  2. an annoyed or irritated mood: to be in a peeve.

Origin of peeve

1905–10, Americanism; back formation from peevish

Synonyms for peeve

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Historical Examples of peeve

  • Paste this, Fuscus, in your hat:Not a pesky thing can peeve me.

    A line-o'-verse or two

    Bert Leston Taylor

  • Brickbats mingle with bouquetsShied at my devoted cranium.Does it peeve yours truly?

    A line-o'-verse or two

    Bert Leston Taylor

  • Of course I know you don't mean it—you're simply hot and tired, and trying to work off your peeve on me.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for peeve


  1. (tr) to irritate; vex; annoy
  1. something that irritates; vexationit was a pet peeve of his
Derived Formspeeved, adjective

Word Origin for peeve

C20: back formation from peevish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for peeve

1907 (implied in peeved), back-formation from peevish. As a noun, attested by 1910. Related: Peeved; peeving; peeves.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper