Definition of peeve in English:


Syllabification: peeve
Pronunciation: /pēv


[with object] (usually be peeved)
Annoy; irritate: he was peeved at being left out of the cabinet (as adjective peeved) a somewhat peeved tone
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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.
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 off
irritated, 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


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A cause of annoyance: his pet peeve is not having answers for questions from players
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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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