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

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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 His foil is the hot-tempered Josto Fadda (Jason Schwartzman), the oldest son of the Mafia boss and a peevish man who struggles to maintain power in his own family. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Chris Rock leads a slow-but-steady 'Fargo' Season 4," 15 Sep. 2020 The book is a chronicle of distractions and peevish excuses that also shows how the consuming labor of procrastination became a crucial part of the novel’s texture. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Anna and Her Children," 14 Aug. 2020 DeSantis sometimes comes across as peevish and defensive, has made a misstatement or two and was mocked for struggling to put on a mask. Fox News, "Politico says New York Gov. Cuomo's 'coronavirus halo begins to fade'," 29 May 2020 The other is the sometimes bumbling, frequently ineffective and often peevish politician who showed up Wednesday night, operating on the fly. Anchorage Daily News, "One Mike Bloomberg spent $340 million on carefully polished ads. The other Mike Bloomberg stepped onstage in Wednesday’s debate.," 21 Feb. 2020 The whole thing feels fairly peevish—that is to say, properly British. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "What Will Brexit Britain Be Like?," 31 Jan. 2020 In the end, though, God answers with a thunderous, if not peevish, rebuke. Los Angeles Times, "Behind the story: Trying to explain how one man’s faith sustained him during tragedy," 22 Oct. 2019 Once the peevish Portuguese actually arrived at Stamford Bridge, Gallas was an integral part of back-to-back title victories. SI.com, "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2018," 31 Oct. 2019 The Bushes are famously of the Episcopal wing of Protestantism, whose origins trace back, in part, to Henry VIII’s peevish break with Rome. Matthew Cooper, Newsweek, "How the Presidential Candidates Found Their Faith," 2 Apr. 2015

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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 16 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for peevish

peevish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of peevish

: feeling or showing irritation

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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