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[pee-vish] /ˈpi vɪʃ/

cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent:
a peevish youngster.
showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood:
a peevish reply; a peevish frown.
perverse or obstinate.
fretful or irritable: a peevish child
(obsolete) perverse

late 14c., peyvesshe “perverse, capricious, silly,” of uncertain origin, possibly modeled on Latin perversus “reversed, perverse,” past participle of pervertere “to turn about” (see pervert (v.)). Meaning “cross, fretful” first recorded 1520s. Related: Peevishly; peevishness.


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