Definition of peevish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpēviSH/


Easily irritated, especially by unimportant things: all this makes Steve fretful and peevish
More example sentences
  • Lyra, who is apparently cast as a rebellious, headstrong girl, comes across as peevish and irritating.
  • To some he seemed peevish and antsy-almost wired.
  • It happens and we shouldn't get peevish about it.
irritable, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, querulous, pettish, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, sullen, grumpy, bad-tempered, short-tempered, touchy, testy, tetchy, snappish, irascible, waspish, prickly, crusty, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
informal cranky, ornery



Pronunciation: /ˈpēviSHlē/
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: /ˈpēviSHnəs/
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 'foolish, insane, spiteful'): of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: peev·ish

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