[ peevd ]
/ pivd /


annoyed; irritated; vexed.

Origin of peeved

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; peeve + -ed2

Related forms

peev·ed·ly [pee-vid-lee, peevd-] /ˈpi vɪd li, ˈpivd-/, adverbpeev·ed·ness, noun

Definition for peeved (2 of 2)


[ peev ]
/ piv /

verb (used with object), peeved, peev·ing.

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

1905–10, Americanism; back formation from peevish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peeved


/ (piːv) informal /


(tr) to irritate; vex; annoy


something that irritates; vexationit was a pet peeve of his

Derived Forms

peeved, adjective

Word Origin for peeve

C20: back formation from peevish
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