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peevish

[ pee-vish ]

adjective

  1. cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent:

    a peevish youngster.

    Synonyms: snappish, irritable, petulant

  2. showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood:

    a peevish reply; a peevish frown.

  3. perverse or obstinate.


peevish

/ ˈpiːvɪʃ /

adjective

  1. fretful or irritable

    a peevish child

  2. obsolete.
    perverse


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpeevishness, noun
  • ˈpeevishly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • peevish·ly adverb
  • peevish·ness noun
  • un·peevish adjective
  • un·peevish·ly adverb
  • un·peevish·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peevish1

1350–1400; Middle English pevysh of unknown origin

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peevish1

C14: of unknown origin

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Synonym Study

See cross.

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Example Sentences

The young people in Girls are miserable, peevish, depressed, hate their bodies, themselves, their life, and each other.

Impatient and dismissive, punctuated by forced, faked little laughs and peevish demands for more airtime.

But under questioning, he continued to look peevish and evasive, and in denial about the judgment problems being exposed.

He that refused a pipe in company was accounted peevish and unsociable.

Outside the coach his voice still urged her, and it grew peevish and angry, as was usual when he was crossed.

"Men style the peevish resentment such dispositions exhibit, 'honor,'" returned Charley, with a half bitter emphasis.

I wish to know if Mr Lyson since his return to his native country, continues in his peevish cross temper.

We were whimpering and peevish; we were wracked with pain and weary of mind, but that nurse never failed to smile.

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