peevish

  • 1 cranky fractious irritable peevish peckish pettish petulant testy tetchy techy — Ill natured Ill na tured, a. 1. Of habitual bad temper; having an unpleasant disposition; surly; disagreeable; cross; peevish; fractious; crabbed; of people; as, an ill natured person; an ill natured disagreeable old man. Opposite of {good… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 7 peevish — peev|ish [ˈpi:vıʃ] adj easily annoyed by small and unimportant things →↑bad tempered ▪ The kids were peevish after so long in the car. >peevishly adv >peevishness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 peevish — pee|vish [ pivıʃ ] adjective easily annoyed, especially by things that are not important: He could be peevish and irritable at times. ╾ pee|vish|ly adverb ╾ pee|vish|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 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

  • 10 peevish — [[t]pi͟ːvɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED 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. Syn: bad tempered Derived words: peevishly ADV GRADED ADV …

    English dictionary

  • 11 peevish — adjective easily annoyed by small and unimportant things; bad tempered: The kids were peevish after so long in the car. peevishly adverb peevishness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 peevish — adjective he was embarrassed by his mother s peevish disposition Syn: irritable, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, querulous, pettish, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, sullen, grumpy, bad tempered, short tempered, touchy, testy,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 14 peevish — UK [ˈpiːvɪʃ] / US [ˈpɪvɪʃ] adjective easily annoyed, especially by things that are not important He could be peevish and irritable at times. Derived words: peevishly adverb peevishness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 15 peevish — /ˈpivɪʃ / (say peevish) adjective 1. cross, querulous, or fretful, as from vexation or discontent. 2. Obsolete perverse. {Middle English pevysh; origin unknown} –peevishly, adverb –peevishness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 18 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

  • 19 peevish — adjective /ˈpivɪʃ,ˈpiːvɪʃ/ Constantly complaining; fretful, whining …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 peevish — Synonyms and related words: Jeremianic, acrimonious, bad tempered, beefing, bellyaching, bilious, bitching, cantankerous, captious, carping, catty, caviling, cavilling, churlish, complaining, complaintful, crabbed, crabbing, crabby, cranky,… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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