One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the remark came out sounding peevish and sensitive’
irritable, irascible, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous
bitter, moody, in a bad mood, grumpy, huffy, scratchy, out of sorts, out of temper, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, sullen, surly, sulky, sour, churlish, touchy, testy, tetchy, snappish, waspish, prickly, crusty, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
Northern English mardy
informal snappy, chippy, grouchy, cranky, whingeing, whingy
British informal narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head
North American informal sorehead, soreheaded, peckish
NZ Australian informal snaky
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