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peevish

[ pee-vish ]SEE DEFINITION OF peevish

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PEEVISH

She had no affection for this selfish invalid, this weak, peevish bully.

Are you mistress of the petulant, the peevish, and the sullen tone?

There's nothing for you to be peevish about, the water's like glass.

He may fail in the attempt, and be a peevish thing at play, but the attempt will show him at his best.

Perhaps it was the fault of the portrait, but he had a peevish frown.

For she was a straight, brave woman, as well as a peevish one.

He is peevish and cross-grained, poor man, since he came here.

Sometimes she was fretful and peevish, and sometimes hopelessly dejected and sad.

And he felt ashamed, as though he had for six years behaved like a peevish boy.

And is it not more than hard for a hasty, peevish, irritable dog like myself?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., peyvesshe "perverse, capricious, silly," of uncertain origin, possibly modeled on Latin perversus "reversed, perverse," past participle of pervertere "to turn about" (see pervert (v.)). Meaning "cross, fretful" first recorded 1520s. Related: Peevishly; peevishness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PEEVISH

more crabbed

adjectiveill-tempered
  • bad-tempered
  • cantankerous
  • crabby
  • cranky
  • cross
  • disagreeable
  • grouchy
  • grumpy
  • irascible
  • irritable
  • peevish
  • petulant
  • querulous
  • snappish
  • snappy
  • surly
  • testy

petulant

adjectivecrabby, moody

prickly

adjectiveirritable, bad-tempered
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