a particular and often continual annoyance; personal bugbear:
This train service is one of my pet peeves.
“thing that provokes one most,” 1919, from pet (n.1) in the adjectival sense “especially cherished” (1826), here in jocular or ironic use with peeve (n.).
One’s particular and most cherished dislike or annoyance: long been one of my pet peeves (1919+)
A particular or recurring source of irritation, as in My pet peeve is that neighbor’s cat running through my herb garden. [ Early 1900s ]
1. variant of 1. before a vowel: petrous.
[pee-truh, pe-] /ˈpi trə, ˈpɛ-/ noun 1. an ancient city in SW Jordan: ruined structures carved out of varicolored stratified rock; capital of the Nabataeans and Edomites. [nab-uh-tee-uh] /ˌnæb əˈti ə/ noun 1. an ancient Arab kingdom of SW Asia, in the area of present-day Jordan, that became a Roman province in a.d. 106. Capital: […]
[pee-trahrk, pe-] /ˈpi trɑrk, ˈpɛ-/ noun 1. (Francesco Petrarca) 1304–74, Italian poet and scholar. /ˈpɛtrɑːk/ noun 1. Italian name Francesco Petrarca. 1304–74, Italian lyric poet and scholar, who greatly influenced the values of the Renaissance. His collection of poems Canzoniere, inspired by his ideal love for Laura, was written in the Tuscan dialect. He also […]
[pi-trahr-kuh n] /pɪˈtrɑr kən/ adjective, Also, Petrarchian [pi-trahr-kee-uh n] /pɪˈtrɑr ki ən/ (Show IPA) 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the works of . 2. characteristic or imitative of the style of . noun 3. . adj. 1827 (Keats uses Petrarchal, 1818), from Francesco Petrarch (Italian Petrarca) the poet (1304-1374).