Definition of peevish in English:

peevish

adjective

  • Having or showing an irritable disposition.

    ‘a thin peevish voice’
    • ‘A spotty youth with greasy black hair, he was sitting at the table with a peevish expression on his weaselly face.’
    • ‘Seeing him whiny and peevish in the first debate was a huge anti-climax.’
    • ‘At least I broke nothing and burned no one, although I did make mild-mannered old Jason downright peevish from all the messy sink water I splashed onto him.’
    • ‘I think Stewart is kind of funny, but also peevish - not as nimble at turning things into fun as he used to be.’
    • ‘I know you dislike receiving correspondence from one such as I, the basest of the base, and I know it makes you slightly peevish and completely spoils your day, nonetheless, I have dire news, indeed.’
    • ‘He becomes more and more peevish and tiresome, the archetypal boring jokey uncle of TV sit-corns, as his music becomes more and more unfathomably deep.’
    • ‘He resists with buffoonery on the set, peevish demands for attention, and displays of contempt for her direction.’
    • ‘Spring comes soon, and the eldest son suddenly turns moody and peevish, unwilling to eat or go to school.’
    • ‘We are more used to his peevish criticism of Tory successes.’
    • ‘As for his peevish, snide remarks about the press, he may think them, but he really has to keep them to himself.’
    • ‘But the board added a peevish note to the effect that it was a shame the law allowed no prohibition of what it called ‘hate speech’.’
    • ‘I'm not sure why it is that liberals have become gloomy, scolding, peevish and puritanical, but so they have.’
    • ‘He has been severely criticized as peevish, neurotic, rising only to mediocrity, but it was not an easy war to win.’
    • ‘The stress of her endless demands on Sidney Herbert accompanied by peevish outbursts, surely contributed to his own death at the early age of 51 in 1861.’
    • ‘Boswell, peevish after spending a night in a haybarn, complained of the lack of marble monuments.’
    • ‘Not entirely not herself, but still a little peevish.’
    • ‘By the time we emerged in the canning shed, Granny was back to her usual peevish self, as if nothing had happened.’
    • ‘She clenched the air in her hands like a peevish child.’
    • ‘Arilss was deposited on Morgan's other side, looking equally peevish.’
    • ‘Either way I was feeling a tad peevish at the moment.’
    • ‘Linton was now only peevish instead of fearful; with the danger to himself over, he relaxed.’
    • ‘Maybe she is glacial and peevish; maybe you've already stuck around way too long.’
    • ‘It happens and we shouldn't get peevish about it.’
    • ‘Harder to stomach is the peevish, chip-on-your-shoulder feminism that pervades so much of the book.’
    • ‘Everyone looked angry, except Joyuko who looked more skeptical than peevish as she usually did.’
    • ‘Always being overlooked would cause a person to become peevish.’
    • ‘Students are showing no sign of being as bitchy and peevish as I was yet.’
    • ‘Lyra, who is apparently cast as a rebellious, headstrong girl, comes across as peevish and irritating.’
    • ‘He calms down but remains peevish; much in the way of a child who does not get his/her own way.’
    • ‘I was kind of feeling peevish, and I wasn't too happy about that feeling.’
    • ‘I spoke with the tone of some peevish adolescent, arms tense at my sides, and eyes like two slits expelling charcoal fog.’
    • ‘There he catered to couples, snazzy middle-aged divorced female cliques and peevish teenagers.’
    • ‘He grinned at her, sharing their triumph, though he knew that in a few days she would become peevish and seek another argument.’
    • ‘To some he seemed peevish and antsy-almost wired.’
    • ‘As the authors have produced such a splendid book it seems peevish to point out deficiencies.’
    • ‘Marshall, on the other hand, always sounded peevish, arrogant and condescending.’
    • ‘His posture was impatient, peevish and annoyed that he had to answer to anyone.’
    • ‘It just means that you do have license to break; that you are not just being peevish.’
    • ‘It featured a peevish hipster, complaining about how his grasp of cool was slipping.’
    • ‘The boys tended to make the men peevish and sarcastic, the girls made Emma brittle and shrewish.’
    irritable, irascible, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘perverse, coy’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

peevish

/ˈpiːvɪʃ/