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peeve

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Definition of peeve

verb (used with object), peeved, peev·ing.
to render peevish; annoy.
noun
a source of annoyance or irritation: Tardiness is one of my greatest peeves.
an annoyed or irritated mood: to be in a peeve.
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Origin of peeve

1905–10, Americanism; back formation from peevish
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British Dictionary definitions for peeve

peeve
/ (piːv) informal /

verb
(tr) to irritate; vex; annoy
noun
something that irritates; vexationit was a pet peeve of his

Derived forms of peeve

peeved, adjective

Word Origin for peeve

C20: back formation from peevish
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