Origin of peevish
Examples from the Web for peevishness
The cause of her peevishness was a swarm of intensely active flies.Anderson Crow, Detective|George Barr McCutcheon
It made him quiet nevertheless; these fits of ill-humor and peevishness were certainly neither dignified nor manly.Merkland|Mrs. Oliphant
Her stuper gave place to some degree of peevishness and restlessness.Ormond, Volume I (of 3)|Charles Brockden Brown
"Don't dissect my words, child; you quite understand what I mean," said the mother, with a slight reversion to peevishness.The Eddy|Clarence L. Cullen
The Princess became proverbial for peevishness, sarcasm, and scandal.
British Dictionary definitions for peevishness
Word Origin for peevish
Word Origin and History for peevishness
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.