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peeved; peeving

transitive verb

: to make peevish or resentful : annoy


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: a feeling or mood of resentment
: a particular grievance or source of aggravation
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of peeve in a Sentence

Verb she is constantly peeved by his habit of humming show tunes while she is trying to focus on her work Noun One of her peeves is people who are always late. my main peeve with the animal welfare organization is the endless stream of unsolicited trinkets in my mailbox
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Word History



back-formation from peevish

First Known Use


1901, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peeve was in 1901

Dictionary Entries Near peeve

Cite this Entry

“Peeve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
peeved; peeving
: to make irritable or resentful : annoy, irritate


2 of 2 noun
: a feeling or mood of resentment
: something one finds annoying
a pet peeve

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