Definition of peevish in English:

peevish

adjective

  • Easily irritated, especially by unimportant things.

    ‘all this makes Steve fretful and peevish’
    • ‘As the authors have produced such a splendid book it seems peevish to point out deficiencies.’
    • ‘Seeing him whiny and peevish in the first debate was a huge anti-climax.’
    • ‘He has been severely criticized as peevish, neurotic, rising only to mediocrity, but it was not an easy war to win.’
    • ‘Maybe she is glacial and peevish; maybe you've already stuck around way too long.’
    • ‘Boswell, peevish after spending a night in a haybarn, complained of the lack of marble monuments.’
    • ‘I spoke with the tone of some peevish adolescent, arms tense at my sides, and eyes like two slits expelling charcoal fog.’
    • ‘Arilss was deposited on Morgan's other side, looking equally peevish.’
    • ‘Linton was now only peevish instead of fearful; with the danger to himself over, he relaxed.’
    • ‘As for his peevish, snide remarks about the press, he may think them, but he really has to keep them to himself.’
    • ‘He calms down but remains peevish; much in the way of a child who does not get his/her own way.’
    • ‘Always being overlooked would cause a person to become peevish.’
    • ‘Lyra, who is apparently cast as a rebellious, headstrong girl, comes across as peevish and irritating.’
    • ‘I'm not sure why it is that liberals have become gloomy, scolding, peevish and puritanical, but so they have.’
    • ‘His posture was impatient, peevish and annoyed that he had to answer to anyone.’
    • ‘It happens and we shouldn't get peevish about it.’
    • ‘I think Stewart is kind of funny, but also peevish - not as nimble at turning things into fun as he used to be.’
    • ‘The boys tended to make the men peevish and sarcastic, the girls made Emma brittle and shrewish.’
    • ‘Everyone looked angry, except Joyuko who looked more skeptical than peevish as she usually did.’
    • ‘We are more used to his peevish criticism of Tory successes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Marshall, on the other hand, always sounded peevish, arrogant and condescending.’
    • ‘I was kind of feeling peevish, and I wasn't too happy about that feeling.’
    • ‘Not entirely not herself, but still a little peevish.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Spring comes soon, and the eldest son suddenly turns moody and peevish, unwilling to eat or go to school.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It just means that you do have license to break; that you are not just being peevish.’
    • ‘He grinned at her, sharing their triumph, though he knew that in a few days she would become peevish and seek another argument.’
    • ‘Harder to stomach is the peevish, chip-on-your-shoulder feminism that pervades so much of the book.’
    • ‘There he catered to couples, snazzy middle-aged divorced female cliques and peevish teenagers.’
    • ‘It featured a peevish hipster, complaining about how his grasp of cool was slipping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A spotty youth with greasy black hair, he was sitting at the table with a peevish expression on his weaselly face.’
    • ‘By the time we emerged in the canning shed, Granny was back to her usual peevish self, as if nothing had happened.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To some he seemed peevish and antsy-almost wired.’
    • ‘Students are showing no sign of being as bitchy and peevish as I was yet.’
    • ‘Either way I was feeling a tad peevish at the moment.’
    • ‘She clenched the air in her hands like a peevish child.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

peevish

/ˈpivɪʃ//ˈpēviSH/