annoyed; irritated; vexed.

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



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

Synonyms for peeve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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



(tr) to irritate; vex; annoy


something that irritates; vexationit was a pet peeve of his
Derived Formspeeved, adjective

Word Origin for peeve

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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper