peevish


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pee·vish

 (pē′vĭsh)
adj.
1.
a. Querulous or discontented.
b. Ill-tempered.
2. Contrary; fractious.

[Middle English pevish, possibly from Latin perversus, turned the wrong way, perverse, past participle of pervertere, to turn around, corrupt; see pervert.]

pee′vish·ly adv.
pee′vish·ness n.

peevish

(ˈpiːvɪʃ)
adj
1. fretful or irritable: a peevish child.
2. obsolete perverse
[C14: of unknown origin]
ˈpeevishly adv
ˈpeevishness n

pee•vish

(ˈpi vɪʃ)

adj.
cross, querulous, or fretful.
[1350–1400; Middle English pevysh, of obscure orig.]
pee′vish•ly, adv.
pee′vish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.peevish - easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
ill-natured - having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

peevish

peevish

adjective
Translations
شَكِس، سَريع الغَضَب والشَّكْوى
mrzutý
irritabelpirrelig
rellinn, síkvartandi, ergilegur
īgns

peevish

[ˈpiːvɪʃ] ADJ [look, glance] → malhumorado; [tone] → de irritación
he gave her a peevish lookla miró malhumorado

peevish

[ˈpiːvɪʃ] adjgrincheux/euse, maussade

peevish

adj (= irritated)gereizt, mürrisch, brummig; (= irritable)reizbar

peevish

[ˈpiːvɪʃ] adjscontroso/a, stizzoso/a

peevish

(ˈpiːviʃ) adjective
easily made angry; irritable; frequently complaining. a peevish old man.
ˈpeevishly adverb
ˈpeevishness noun
peeved adjective
angry; annoyed. She was peeved about it.
References in classic literature ?
On reviewing the conduct of Captain Thorn, and examining his peevish and somewhat whimsical correspondence, the impression left upon our mind is, upon the whole, decidedly in his favor.
She was running on thus, when Sophia, with a more peevish voice than she had ever spoken to her in before, cried, "Prithee, why dost thou trouble me with all this stuff?
They are old people: they recover in their own way, they laugh in their own way; mine ears have already endured worse and have not become peevish.
Soon after the marriage of the young people, the worthy doctor returned to Chertsey, where, bereft of the presence of his old friends, he would have been discontented if his temperament had admitted of such a feeling; and would have turned quite peevish if he had known how.
To the feminine mind in some of its moods, all things that might be receive a temporary charm from comparison with what is; and since Adam did not want to marry Dinah himself, Lisbeth felt rather peevish on that score--as peevish as she would have been if he HAD wanted to marry her, and so shut himself out from Mary Burge and the partnership as effectually as by marrying Hetty.
he soliloquised in an undertone of peevish displeasure, while relieving me of my horse: looking, meantime, in my face so sourly that I charitably conjectured he must have need of divine aid to digest his dinner, and his pious ejaculation had no reference to my unexpected advent.
Indeed it is Julia Mills, peevish and fine, with a black man to carry cards and letters to her on a golden salver, and a copper-coloured woman in linen, with a bright handkerchief round her head, to serve her Tiffin in her dressing-room.
As for him, for the first week or two, he was peevish and low, fretting, I suppose, over his dear Annabella's departure, and particularly ill-tempered to me: everything I did was wrong; I was cold-hearted, hard, insensate; my sour, pale face was perfectly repulsive; my voice made him shudder; he knew not how he could live through the winter with me; I should kill him by inches.
The abundant hair and very open forehead gave an appearance of consequence to the face, which had only one expression--a petty, childish, peevish expression, concentrated just above the bridge of the narrow nose.
Sparsit fighting out a daily fight at the points of all the weapons in the female armoury, with the grudging, smarting, peevish, tormenting Lady Scadgers, still laid up in bed with her mysterious leg, and gobbling her insufficient income down by about the middle of every quarter, in a mean little airless lodging, a mere closet for one, a mere crib for two; but did he see more?
Philip was often peevish and contemptuous; and Tom's more specific and kindly impressions gradually melted into the old background of suspicion and dislike toward him as a queer fellow, a humpback, and the son of a rogue.
But the evidence suggests that my friends are a peevish lot when it comes to mis- or overused words, which makes me like them even more.