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Definitions of peevish

  1. Habitually fretful; easily vexed or fretted; hard to please; apt to complain; querulous; petulant. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable dissatisfaction; as, a peevish answer. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Silly; childish; trifling. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Childishly fretful; difficult to please; ill-tempered. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Habitually fretful: easily annoyed: hard to please. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Feebly fretful; querulous; petulant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Fretful; querulous; hard to please; expressing discontent. See Pewit. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Cross or ill-tempered; fretful; apt to mutter and complain; hard to please. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for peevish

  1. I grew as peevish as a slighted girl, and would no doubt have fretted myself into some signal folly, had not an event occurred which braced my soul again. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  2. 88. The Peevish Wife Maria Edgeworth. – McGuffey's Fifth Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
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