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1peeve

verb \ˈpēv\
peevedpeev·ing

Definition of PEEVE

transitive verb
:  to make peevish or resentful :  annoy

Examples of PEEVE

  1. <she is constantly peeved by his habit of humming show tunes while she is trying to focus on her work>

Origin of PEEVE

back-formation from peevish
First Known Use: 1901

2peeve

noun

: something that annoys someone

Full Definition of PEEVE

1
:  a feeling or mood of resentment
2
:  a particular grievance or source of aggravation

Examples of PEEVE

  1. One of her peeves is people who are always late.
  2. <my main peeve with the animal welfare organization is the endless stream of unsolicited trinkets in my mailbox>

First Known Use of PEEVE

1909

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