pet peeve


a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear: This train service is one of my pet peeves.

Nearby words

  1. pesto,
  2. pesty,
  3. pet,
  4. pet name,
  5. pet parent,
  6. pet scan,
  7. pet scanner,
  8. pet scanning,
  9. pet sitting,
  10. pet.

Origin of pet peeve

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for pet peeve

pet peeve


"thing that provokes one most," 1919, from pet (n.1) in the adjectival sense "especially cherished" (1826), here in jocular or ironic use with peeve (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with pet peeve

pet peeve

A particular or recurring source of irritation, as in My pet peeve is that neighbor's cat running through my herb garden. [Early 1900s]

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