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peeve

verb \ ˈpēv \

Definition of peeve

peeved; peeving
transitive verb
:to make peevish or resentful :annoy

Examples of peeve in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of peeve

back-formation from peevish

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

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peeve

noun

Definition of peeve

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

Examples of peeve in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of peeve

1909


PEEVE Defined for English Language Learners

peeve

noun

Definition of peeve for English Language Learners

  • : something that annoys someone



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