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peevish

[pee-vish] /ˈpi vɪʃ/
adjective
1.
cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent:
a peevish youngster.
2.
showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood:
a peevish reply; a peevish frown.
3.
perverse or obstinate.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pevysh < ?
Related forms
peevishly, adverb
peevishness, noun
unpeevish, adjective
unpeevishly, adverb
unpeevishness, noun
Synonyms
1. petulant, irritable, snappish. See cross.
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British Dictionary definitions for peevishness

peevish

/ˈpiːvɪʃ/
adjective
1.
fretful or irritable: a peevish child
2.
(obsolete) perverse
Derived Forms
peevishly, adverb
peevishness, noun
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for peevishness

peevish

adj.

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.

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