- to render peevish; annoy.
- a source of annoyance or irritation: Tardiness is one of my greatest peeves.
- an annoyed or irritated mood: to be in a peeve.
Origin of peeve
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Related Words for peevedisturb, exasperate, vex, rile, irk, irritate, gall, annoyance, bother, gripe, pest, nuisance, vexation, aggravate, miff, get, bum, roil, steam, nettle
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Historical Examples of peeve
Paste this, Fuscus, in your hat:Not a pesky thing can peeve me.
Brickbats mingle with bouquetsShied at my devoted cranium.Does it peeve yours truly?
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
- (tr) to irritate; vex; annoy
- something that irritates; vexationit was a pet peeve of his
Word Origin for peeve
1907 (implied in peeved), back-formation from peevish. As a noun, attested by 1910. Related: Peeved; peeving; peeves.