- The definition of peevish is hard to please or having a bad temper.
An example of a peevish person is someone who always starts arguments with others.
peevish definition by Webster's New World
- hard to please; irritable; fretful; cross
- showing ill humor or impatience, as a glance or remark
Origin: Middle English pevische ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
peevish definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Querulous or discontented.b. Ill-tempered.
- Contrary; fractious.
Origin: Middle English pevish, possibly from Latin perversus, past participle of perversus; see perverse.
- peeˈvish·ly adverb
- peeˈvish·ness noun