Definition of peevish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiːvɪʃ/


Having or showing an irritable disposition: a thin peevish voice
More example sentences
  • It featured a peevish hipster, complaining about how his grasp of cool was slipping.
  • Boswell, peevish after spending a night in a haybarn, complained of the lack of marble monuments.
  • His posture was impatient, peevish and annoyed that he had to answer to anyone.



Pronunciation: /ˈpiːvɪʃ(ə)li/
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈpiːvɪʃnəs/
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.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'perverse, coy'): of unknown origin.

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