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
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    • 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: someone lying to me is my pet peeve
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    • 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.

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