peeve

1 of 2

verb

peeved; peeving

transitive verb

: to make peevish or resentful : annoy

peeve

2 of 2

noun

1
: a feeling or mood of resentment
2
: 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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In a press conference, after the Mobile County Health Department shut down bars and dine-in restaurant service, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson was peeved. Kyle Whitmire, al, 30 Apr. 2020 Buttigieg, 38, declared victory early on Monday night based on his campaign's internal figures, peeving his rivals. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, 9 Feb. 2020 Trump appeared peeved by the schoolhouse vibe but also allergic to the dynamic of his advisers talking at him. Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Jan. 2020 The union is peeved by the populist governments in the region, and funds will be redirected away from the comparatively booming central Europeans. The Economist, 24 Oct. 2019 Saban, the Alabama football coach, has long been peeved that the student section at Bryant-Denny Stadium empties early. New York Times, 12 Sep. 2019 Meantime, what particularly peeves umps is that TV box. Ben Walker, The Denver Post, 29 Oct. 2019 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, 9 Sep. 2019 Paul Blackburn Blackburn was peeved the last time the A’s sent him down. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 1 Sep. 2019
Noun
Natalie says her biggest pet-peeve is when guys name drop. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 10 Feb. 2022 His other decorating peeve is when entire rooms are layered only in shades of gray. Elizabeth Mayhew, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 His other decorating peeve is when entire rooms are layered only in shades of gray. Elizabeth Mayhew, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 His other decorating peeve is when entire rooms are layered only in shades of gray. Elizabeth Mayhew, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 His other decorating peeve is when entire rooms are layered only in shades of gray. Elizabeth Mayhew, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 His other decorating peeve is when entire rooms are layered only in shades of gray. Elizabeth Mayhew, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 His other decorating peeve is when entire rooms are layered only in shades of gray. Elizabeth Mayhew, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 His other decorating peeve is when entire rooms are layered only in shades of gray. Elizabeth Mayhew, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

back-formation from peevish

First Known Use

Verb

1901, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peeve was in 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Peeve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peeve. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

peeve 1 of 2

verb

peeved; peeving
: to make irritable or resentful : annoy, irritate

peeve

2 of 2

noun

1
: a feeling or mood of resentment
2
: something one finds annoying
a pet peeve

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