What does the word peevish mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Peevishly.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Peevishness.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Feebly fretful; querulous; petulant.

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Elinor Glyn
  3. They didn't mention nothin' 'bout any peevish dogs. – The High School Boys' Fishing Trip by H. Irving Hancock