Definitions for peevishˈpi vɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pee•vishˈpi vɪʃ(adj.)

  1. cross, querulous, or fretful.

Origin of peevish:

1350–1400; ME pevysh, of obscure orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techy(adj)

    easily irritated or annoyed

    "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"


  1. peevish(Adjective)

    Constantly complaining; fretful, whining.

  2. Origin: Late 14th century peyvesshe "capricious, silly", perhaps a corruption of Latin perversus "perverted". The meaning "fretful" develops in the 16th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Peevish(adj)

    habitually fretful; easily vexed or fretted; hard to please; apt to complain; querulous; petulant

  2. Peevish(adj)

    expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable dissatisfaction; as, a peevish answer

  3. Peevish(adj)

    silly; childish; trifling

Translations for peevish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


easily made angry; irritable; frequently complaining

a peevish old man.

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