His manner was a wild mixture of the peevishness of second childhood, and the solemn dignity of a God.
He had lost his peevishness, and could hide his indifference to people and his interest in food.
In spite of his peevishness her husband may be trying hard to minimize his defects and be a reasonable, helpful companion.
The lines of his mouth betrayed selfishness and peevishness.
It was ten-thirty A.M. so that his peevishness was unwarranted.
The cause of her peevishness was a swarm of intensely active flies.
The peevishness of an invalid vents itself even on those who alleviate his pain.
With the nervousness increased his peevishness and irritability.
They must be chastised out of their peevishness and lashed into obedience .
But this peevishness of the good man must somehow or other be tolerated by us.
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.