Origin of peevish
Examples from the Web for peevish
The young people in Girls are miserable, peevish, depressed, hate their bodies, themselves, their life, and each other.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham|P. J. O’Rourke|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Impatient and dismissive, punctuated by forced, faked little laughs and peevish demands for more airtime.
But how froward, how hasty, how peevish, and self-resolved are the generality of professors at this day!The Heavenly Footman|John Bunyan
He reddens, and gives me a peevish answer; and I then, and not before, recollect how very impertinent the question is.The History of Emily Montague|Frances Brooke
Jackson grabbed a can of corn as it jarred off the shelf behind him and directed a pleasing phrase after the peevish Barr.Bar-20 Days|Clarence E. Mulford
Now, Duke can be ever so snappish and peevish; I'm not half so much afraid for him.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
The peevish and the irritable are the enemies of peace in this world.Out of the Hurly-Burly|Charles Heber Clark
Word Origin for peevish
late 14c., peyvesshe "perverse, capricious, silly," of uncertain origin, possibly modeled on Latin perversus "reversed, perverse," past participle of pervertere "to turn about" (see pervert (v.)). Meaning "cross, fretful" first recorded 1520s. Related: Peevishly; peevishness.