[ peevd ]
/ pivd /


annoyed; irritated; vexed.

Nearby words

  1. peerie,
  2. peerless,
  3. peerlessly,
  4. peetweet,
  5. peeve,
  6. peevedly,
  7. peevers,
  8. peevish,
  9. peevishly,
  10. peewee

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


[ 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

Examples from the Web for peeved

British Dictionary definitions for peeved


/ (piːv) informal /


(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.

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