Someone who is peevish is bad-tempered.

Aubrey had slept little and that always made him peevish...

She glared down at me with a peevish expression on her face.

Derived words:
peevishly ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj

Brian sighed peevishly...

She had grown ever more peevishly dependent on him.

peevishness N-UNCOUNT

He complained with characteristic peevishness.

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  • Peevish — Pee vish, a. [OE. pevische; of uncertain origin, perh. from a word imitative of the noise made by fretful children + ish.] 1. Habitually fretful; easily vexed or fretted; hard to please; apt to complain; querulous; petulant. Her peevish babe.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peevish — index fractious, froward, perverse, petulant, querulous, resentful, restive, sensitive (easily affected) …   Law dictionary

  • peevish — late 14c., peyvesshe perverse, capricious, silly, of uncertain origin, possibly modeled on L. perversus reversed, perverse, pp. of pervertere to turn about (see PERVERT (Cf. pervert)). Meaning cross, fretful first recorded 1520s …   Etymology dictionary

  • peevish — irritable, fractious, snappish, waspish, petulant, pettish, huffy, fretful, querulous Analogous words: captious, carping, caviling, faultfinding, *critical …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • peevish — [adj] irritable, testy acrimonious, angry, bad tempered, cantankerous, captious, carping, caviling, childish, churlish, complaining, crabbed*, cranky, critical, cross, crotchety*, crusty*, cussed, fault finding, fractious, fretful, fretting,… …   New thesaurus

  • peevish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ irritable. DERIVATIVES peevishly adverb peevishness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «foolish, mad, spiteful»: of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • peevish — [pē′vish] adj. [ME pevische < ?] 1. hard to please; irritable; fretful; cross 2. showing ill humor or impatience, as a glance or remark peevishly adv. peevishness n …   English World dictionary

  • peevish — peevishly, adv. peevishness, n. /pee vish/, adj. 1. cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent: a peevish youngster. 2. showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood: a peevish reply; a peevish frown. 3. perverse or obstinate.… …   Universalium

  • peevish — adj. irritable peevish about * * * [ piːvɪʃ] [ irritable ] peevish about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • peevish — adjective Etymology: Middle English pevish spiteful Date: circa 1530 1. querulous in temperament or mood ; fretful 2. perversely obstinate < a peevish child > 3. marked by ill temper • peevishly adverb • peevishness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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