\ ˈpēv How to pronounce peeve (audio) \
peeved; peeving

Definition of peeve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make peevish or resentful : annoy



Definition of peeve (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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


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


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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kathy Napierala of Silver Spring, Md., was peeved by that Geico commercial where kids are playing Marco Polo in a swimming pool with . . . John Kelly, Washington Post, "Can you knit a quilt? Of course not. And Marco Polo didn’t ride a llama to China.," 9 Sep. 2019 Paul Blackburn Blackburn was peeved the last time the A’s sent him down. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Welcome to the bigs — and Yankee Stadium — Sean Murphy," 1 Sep. 2019 On The Bachelorette Back at the house, the men are gathered 'round and still peeved at Luke P. for hijacking their time with Hannah with his selfish shenanigans. Joyce Chen,, "The Bachelorette Season 15 Episode 7: Free Falling," 25 June 2019 Jay-Z was reportedly peeved at rapper Travis Scott for performing with Maroon 5 during last season’s Super Bowl in Atlanta, after many black artists bailed on the halftime show over the league’s treatment of Kaepernick. Paul Newberry, The Denver Post, "Newberry: Jay-Z sells out Kaepernick, grabs big money from NFL," 15 Aug. 2019 The consultant, peeved that the airline tracked down her real-world identity and then broadcast her location, sent a follow-up saying the number amounted to personally identifiable information that the airline was obligated to keep private. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Airline tracks Twitter user’s real-world ID, publishes her flight number," 9 Aug. 2019 He was especially peeved by attitudes of the customer service reps at the airport when the plane was scrubbed for the night at 2 a.m. because mechanics couldn't fix the brake problem. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "'We kind of couldn't believe it:' American passenger recounts 21-hour delay as airline struggles," 9 May 2019 Fourth, the players are clearly peeved by Solo’s portrayal of them as weak-willed. Michael Mccann,, "Reasons Why USWNT, U.S. Soccer Oppose Hope Solo's Presence at Their Mediation," 29 July 2019 Many tweets from last night's episode show that a good amount of fans are peeved over Olivia's selection. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Peeved Olivia Munn Gave Angel City Chorale the Golden Buzzer," 25 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of Corey Gauff’s peeves is that too many parents don’t encourage their kids to dream big. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Tennis sensation Coco Gauff embraces Michelle Obama's advice for the U.S. Open and beyond," 22 Aug. 2019 One final peeve: The endless hand-wringing (hair-pulling?) about whether or not wearing one of Revel’s (mandatory) helmets is going to give you lice. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Stop Whining About Revel Scooters And Just Say Yes," 16 Aug. 2019 My biggest peeve, however, is the ultra-bright and wholly unnecessary light on the handle. Christopher Null, WIRED, "Which Toothbrush Subscription Service Is the Best?," 6 June 2019 ELLE Decor caught up with Marino to talk process, procrastination, and pet-peeves. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Architect Peter Marino Believes in Retail But Not in Bad Design," 14 Nov. 2018 Now my peeve: Laguna puts a lot of emphasis on those tide pools but closes its eyes to the shops in town that sell shells and starfish., "Protecting tide pools is critical but why not stop selling starfish and shells?," 3 July 2018 Peevers gotta peeve, and some publications coddle them. John E. Mcintyre,, "Editors held hostage," 20 Apr. 2018 Laquidara’s voice pops up intermittently, to wax nostalgic or rant about his latest peeve. James Sullivan,, "Charles Laquidara goes live with his life, mishegas and all," 8 Mar. 2018 And then, of course, my Cartier sunglasses. What's your fashion pet-peeve? Nicole Saunders, Billboard, "The Midwestern Menswear Designer Looking to Break Through The Yeezy Wall: New Face, Fresh Style," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of peeve


1901, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peeve


back-formation from peevish

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The first known use of peeve was in 1901

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English Language Learners Definition of peeve

: something that annoys someone

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