peevish

adjective
pee·​vish | \ ˈpē-vish How to pronounce peevish (audio) \

Definition of peevish

1 : querulous in temperament or mood : fretful
2 : perversely (see perverse sense 2b) obstinate a peevish child
3 : marked by ill temper has a peevish, even spiteful, streak— Elizabeth Drew

Other Words from peevish

peevishly adverb
peevishness noun

Examples of peevish in a Sentence

peevish patients in the doctor's waiting room I would rather figure things out on my own than ask that peevish librarian for help.
Recent Examples on the Web Hunter, whose peevish plastic-surgeon dad (Fleabag's Brett Gelman) reluctantly bankrolls his dreams, is dead set on winning their high school's battle of the bands, though all odds favor the shiny-haired boys covering Ed Sheeran. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2022 His Abigail is a perfect twerp, the peevish flipside to Pitt's Most Interesting Man in the World shtick. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2022 One reason is the vague wish that an annoying question will provoke a memorably peevish answer that will be news for a day before everybody forgets it. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2022 But more than a century and a half after Crum’s peevish inspiration, the potato chip isn’t just one of our most popular foods but also our most versatile. Brandon Tensley, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 The dark country is one of the last nominally Communist nations in the world—a Stalinist personality cult centered on Kim Jong Un, the peevish, ruthless scion of the dynasty that has ruled North Korea since 1948, after the peninsula was divided. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2021 The dark country is one of the last nominally Communist nations in the world—a Stalinist personality cult centered on Kim Jong Un, the peevish, ruthless scion of the dynasty that has ruled North Korea since 1948, after the peninsula was divided. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2021 The censorship is anything but a peevish dictator’s tantrum. New York Times, 10 June 2021 The dark country is one of the last nominally Communist nations in the world—a Stalinist personality cult centered on Kim Jong Un, the peevish, ruthless scion of the dynasty that has ruled North Korea since 1948, after the peninsula was divided. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of peevish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peevish

Middle English pevish spiteful

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“Peevish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peevish. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for peevish

peevish

adjective
pee·​vish | \ ˈpē-vish How to pronounce peevish (audio) \

Kids Definition of peevish

: complaining a lot : irritable

Other Words from peevish

peevishly adverb
peevishness noun

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