pet peeve


: a frequent subject of complaint

Examples of pet peeve in a Sentence

One of my biggest pet peeves is people driving too slowly on the highway.
Recent Examples on the Web Everyone who gets behind the wheel has a favorite pet peeve. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, 1 Feb. 2024 Employees who film TikToks at work, vaping indoors, and staying online past working hours were some of the biggest office pet peeves this year, according to a survey from printing company DigitalID. —Orianna Rosa Royle Happy at home. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2023 The sisters playfully exchanged jabs on Instagram over one of Khloé's biggest pet peeves Kim Kardashian is calling out her sister on letting her kids break a rule. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 18 Dec. 2023 The 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max have a new lens coating that is meant to reduce one of my personal pet peeves—those light source reflections that look like floating light points in night-time photos with streetlights (or something similar) in view. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 29 Sep. 2023 Drew Barrymore is letting her audience in on a pet peeve of hers. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 8 Dec. 2023 Every family plays host to its own histories, neuroses, feuds, foibles, tragedies, traumas, triggers, pains, pet peeves, and dysfunctional patterns. Ilana Masad, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2023 While everyone has individual pet peeves, many seem to agree on the top, unwritten offenses. Ana Ley, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Things CEOs have shared with me that are pet peeves: Pajama-looking clothes and plastic shoes with holes in them. Susan Johnston, Rolling Stone, 23 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pet peeve was in 1917

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“Pet peeve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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