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verb \ˈpēv\

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

Synonym Discussion of PEEVE

irritate, exasperate, nettle, provoke, rile, peeve mean to excite a feeling of anger or annoyance. irritate implies an often gradual arousing of angry feelings that may range from mere impatience to rage <constant nagging that irritated me greatly>. exasperate suggests galling annoyance and the arousing of extreme impatience <his exasperating habit of putting off needed decisions>. nettle suggests a sharp but passing annoyance or stinging <your pompous attitude nettled several people>. provoke implies an arousing of strong annoyance that may excite to action <remarks made solely to provoke her>. rile implies inducing an angry or resentful agitation <the new work schedules riled the employees>. peeve suggests arousing fretful often petty or querulous irritation <a toddler peeved at being refused a cookie>.



: something that annoys someone

Full Definition of PEEVE

:  a feeling or mood of resentment
:  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



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