peevish

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adjective pee·vish \ˈpē-vish\

Definition of peevish

  1. 1 :  querulous in temperament or mood :  fretful

  2. 2 :  perversely (see perverse 2b) obstinate a peevish child

  3. 3 :  marked by ill temper has a peevish, even spiteful, streak — Elizabeth Drew

peevishly

adverb

peevishness

noun

Examples of peevish in a sentence

  1. peevish patients in the doctor's waiting room

  2. I would rather figure things out on my own than ask that peevish librarian for help.

Origin and Etymology of peevish

Middle English pevish spiteful


First Known Use: 15th century


PEEVISH Defined for English Language Learners

peevish

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adjective pee·vish \ˈpē-vish\

Definition of peevish for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing irritation


PEEVISH Defined for Kids

peevish

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adjective pee·vish \ˈpē-vish\

Definition of peevish for Students

  1. :  complaining a lot :  irritable

peevishly

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peevishness

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