Definition of peeve in English:

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Pronunciation: /piːv/


[with object] (usually as adjective peeved)
Make (someone) rather annoyed; irritate: he was peeved at being excluded from the meeting that was the one thing that peeved him
More example sentences
  • 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.


A cause of annoyance: another peeve of mine is these so called reality shows
More example sentences
  • I'm just telling you to put your peeves in perspective - whether smaller or larger focus.
  • Martin's peeve is poorly planned development.
  • Though I spend a fair amount of time in his company, I nurse a particular peeve against him.


Early 20th century: back-formation from peevish.

Words that rhyme with peeve

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