from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to be annoyed or resentful. See Synonyms at annoy.
  • n. A vexation; a grievance.
  • n. A resentful mood: in a peeve about the delays.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An annoyance or grievance.
  • v. To annoy; vex.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an annoyed or irritated mood
  • v. cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful


Back-formation from peevish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from peevish. (Wiktionary)



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  • Good point. :-)

    January 8, 2008

  • It's the balance of vowels and consonants. Peevedness isn't as good as peeved either.

    January 8, 2008

  • I don't either--but oddly, I do like peeved. Hmm.

    January 7, 2008

  • I don't like this word ... so why do I use it?

    January 6, 2008