Definition of peevish
- a peevish child
- has a peevish, even spiteful, streak
- —Elizabeth Drew
peevish patients in the doctor's waiting room
I would rather figure things out on my own than ask that peevish librarian for help.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: feeling or showing irritation
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