verb[with object] (usually be peeved)
- Annoy; irritate: he was peeved at being left out of the cabinet (as adjective peeved) a somewhat peeved toneMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, vex, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, nettle, put out, get on someone's nerves, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers; rub the wrong way• informal aggravate, rile, needle, get to, bug, get someone's goat, get/put someone's back up, tee off, tick offirritated, annoyed, cross, angry, vexed, displeased, disgruntled, indignant, exasperated, galled, irked, put out, aggrieved, offended, affronted, piqued, nettled, in high dudgeon• informal aggravated, miffed, riled, teed off, ticked off, sore
- The insurance companies are particularly peeved at the absence of the risk management concept in the revised tariff.
- She's peeved, and you're left wondering if she's having a brain lapse or something.
- Actually I'm a sore loser and will only be peeved when I don't win.
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- A cause of annoyance: his pet peeve is not having answers for questions from playersMore example sentences
- He had his likes and dislikes, and his pet peeves.
- Those little yellow ribbons are one of my pet peeves.
- That's one of my pet peeves to have these pseudo historians parachute in and sell so many more books than the real historians.
early 20th century: back-formation from peevish.