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peeved

[peevd] /pivd/
adjective
1.
annoyed; irritated; vexed.
Origin of peeved
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; peeve + -ed2
Related forms
peevedly
[pee-vid-lee, peevd-] /ˈpi vɪd li, ˈpivd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
peevedness, noun

peeve

[peev] /piv/
verb (used with object), peeved, peeving.
1.
to render peevish; annoy.
noun
2.
a source of annoyance or irritation:
Tardiness is one of my greatest peeves.
3.
an annoyed or irritated mood:
to be in a peeve.
Origin
1905-10, Americanism; back formation from peevish
Synonyms
2. vexation, affliction, grievance.
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  • His voice, true to type, was high and slightly cracked as he spoke to the girl after an instant of peeved scrutiny.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • Sandy tried last year, but they dropped him to the Second and he got peeved and quit.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour
  • "peeved about somethin' this mornin'," one of them drawled to the rider whose knee pressed his.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • Mack was peeved because Betty liked Timand about the lunches and notes and shows.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • But I always borrow some youngsters for my poor widow act when I think I'm being shadowed; so you needn't get peeved.

British Dictionary definitions for peeved

peeve

/piːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to irritate; vex; annoy
noun
2.
something that irritates; vexation: it was a pet peeve of his
Derived Forms
peeved, adjective
Word Origin
C20: back formation from peevish
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Word Origin and History for peeved

peeve

v.

1907 (implied in peeved), back-formation from peevish. As a noun, attested by 1910. Related: Peeved; peeving; peeves.

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Slang definitions & phrases for peeved

peeved

adj,adj phr

Annoyed; irritated; irked: He got peeved (1908+)

peeve

noun

: You probably have a long list of peeves (1911+)

verb

To annoy; irritate: That crap really peeves me (1908+)

Related Terms

pet peeve

[by back formation fr peeved, which in turn derives by back formation fr peevish, fr Middle English peivish, ''perverse, wayward, capricious,'' perhaps fr Latin perversus]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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