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peevish

[ pee-vish ]
/ ˈpi vɪʃ /
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Definition of peevish

adjective
cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent: a peevish youngster.
showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood: a peevish reply; a peevish frown.
perverse or obstinate.
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Origin of peevish

1350–1400; Middle English pevysh of unknown origin

synonym study for peevish

1. See cross.

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British Dictionary definitions for peevish

peevish
/ (ˈpiːvɪʃ) /

adjective
fretful or irritablea peevish child
obsolete perverse

Derived forms of peevish

peevishly, adverbpeevishness, noun

Word Origin for peevish

C14: of unknown origin
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