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peeved

[peevd]
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adjective
  1. annoyed; irritated; vexed.
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Origin of peeved

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; peeve + -ed2
Related formspeev·ed·ly [pee-vid-lee, peevd-] /ˈpi vɪd li, ˈpivd-/, adverbpeev·ed·ness, noun

peeve

[peev]
verb (used with object), peeved, peev·ing.
  1. to render peevish; annoy.
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noun
  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.
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Origin of peeve

1905–10, Americanism; back formation from peevish

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Related Words for peeved

annoyed, upset, cross, vexed, angry, mad

Examples from the Web for peeved

Contemporary Examples of peeved

Historical Examples of peeved

  • First off Stanley stiffens up like he was goin' to be peeved.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • You ain't been to see her for almost a week, and she'll be gettin' peeved at you.

    Black Star's Campaign

    Johnston McCulley

  • Sandy tried last year, but they dropped him to the Second and he got peeved and quit.

    Quarter-Back Bates

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Mack was peeved because Betty liked Timand about the lunches and notes and shows.

    Joan of the Journal

    Helen Diehl Olds

  • She coaxed him to go back to the Journal, until he got peeved.

    Joan of the Journal

    Helen Diehl Olds


British Dictionary definitions for peeved

peeve

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

Word Origin for peeve

C20: back formation from peevish
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Word Origin and History for peeved

peeve

v.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper