pee-vish

peevish

[pee-vish]
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; Middle English pevysh < ?

peevishly, adverb
peevishness, noun
unpeevish, adjective
unpeevishly, adverb
unpeevishness, noun


1. petulant, irritable, snappish. See cross.
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peevish (ˈpiːvɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  fretful or irritable: a peevish child
2.  obsolete perverse
 
[C14: of unknown origin]
 
'peevishly
 
adv
 
'peevishness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

peevish
late 14c., peyvesshe "perverse, capricious, silly," of uncertain origin, possibly modeled on L. perversus "reversed, perverse," pp. of pervertere "to turn about" (see pervert). Meaning "cross, fretful" first recorded 1520s. The verb peeve is a 1908 back-formation; pet peeve
"the thing that provokes one most" is first attested 1919.
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