Definition of peeve in English:

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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
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.
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


A cause of annoyance: my peeve is people treating me like a moron
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

achieve, believe, breve, cleave, conceive, deceive, eve, greave, grieve, heave, interleave, interweave, khedive, leave, misconceive, naive, Neve, perceive, reave, receive, reive, relieve, reprieve, retrieve, sheave, sleeve, steeve, Steve, Tananarive, Tel Aviv, thieve, underachieve, upheave, weave, we've, Yves

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