peevish

Part of speech: adverb

Peevishly.

Part of speech: noun

Peevishness.

Part of speech: adjective

Feebly fretful; querulous; petulant.

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Usage examples "peevish":

  1. A command to enter, given in rather a drowsy, peevish tone of voice, was the immediate response, whereupon I flung open the door and passed into the cabin closely followed by Hardy. - "The Log of a Privateersman", Harry Collingwood.
  2. So off he had to go, looking black and peevish, and supervised by the two mothers- who stood at the risk of catching their deaths of cold by the door- he and Victorine went arm- in- arm into the conservatory, and disappeared behind some pots of palms. - "The Visits of Elizabeth", Elinor Glyn.
  3. They didn't mention nothin' 'bout any peevish dogs. - "The High School Boys' Fishing Trip", H. Irving Hancock.