Definition of peevish in English:

peevish

Syllabification: peev·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈpēviSH
 
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adjective

Derivatives

peevishly

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘You never should have opened your mouth,’ warned the judge peevishly.
  • He told me so, peevishly, when I interviewed him.
  • ‘This country needs engineers,’ she muttered peevishly.

peevishness

noun
More example sentences
  • It sort of simmers and bubbles and from time to time erupts into a lava-like spasm of vexation, pique and peevishness.
  • One cringes at his bitterness, peevishness, and narcissism, but one also respects him for the fact that he cringes, too.
  • I admit my peevishness may be an overreaction but I'd be interested to know what other people think about this.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'foolish, insane, spiteful'): of unknown origin.

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