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  • "She’s an emu-raffe, which is a bit like a donkey and a giraffe put together, only with fewer legs and a peevish temper.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The cold seemed to rouse her a little and she looked around peevishly, shivering.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • There, you see," he said peevishly: "I’m even afraid to make a positive statement.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "The last thing I need is a gas explosion," she said peevishly.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game

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  • Ordinarily a man who hated to impose, he had peevishly refused Nora’s offer of cold cereal for breakfast and requested eggs, although the eggs were packed in a cooler by then and the skillet was in the bottom of a carton.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Petulant—sulky, crabby, peevish, moody, sullen.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Reflecting on Sophie’s—and for that matter, Nathan’s—loving and noble response to music, that peevish, vulgar utterance made my stomach turn over.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • With some peevish exclamation he looked up at Cherry, who remained impassive.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Well, that’s all very nice but not very helpful," says Fulvia peevishly.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Everyone is peevish and touchy, we do not take kindly to all this polishing, much less to the full-dress parades.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Well, be may chance to do some good on her: A peevish self-will’d harlotry it is.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • "Very badly," said Percy peevishly, and he slammed the window shut.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • She frowned peevishly, her pride wounded.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Began to roll and complain like a peevish world on a grumble.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Why should a man whose blood is warm within Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster, Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice By being peevish?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • I cannot speak Any beginning to this peevish odds; And would in action glorious I had lost Those legs that brought me to a part of it!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • —and at length even Pluto, who was now becoming old, and consequently somewhat peevish—even Pluto began to experience the effects of my ill temper.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • These were dreadful times, for Jurgis would get as cross as any bear; he was scarcely to be blamed, for he had enough to worry him, and it was hard when he was trying to take a nap to be kept awake by noisy and peevish children.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He was peevish.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • He was assailed by a fancy for peevish familiarity, common enough to doctors and priests, but which was not habitual with him.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Chapter 21 The discussion of Mr. Collins’s offer was now nearly at an end, and Elizabeth had only to suffer from the uncomfortable feelings necessarily attending it, and occasionally from some peevish allusions of her mother.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Now it was he who was on the receiving end of peevish sarcasm.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • ’He isn’t doing it now,’ said Rumfoord peevishly.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • So radiant Dawn once took to bed Orion until you easeful gods grew peevish at it, and holy Artemis, Artemis throned in gold, hunted him down in Delos with her arrows.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • "You won’t lose Katerina Ivanovna, you may be sure, she’ll come to you herself since she has run out," he added peevishly.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • A period of sexual temptation is an excellent time for working in a subordinate attack on the patient’s peevishness.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • " After a few moments Cal said peevishly, "I wish you’d get on with your lecture.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • They were not only opinionative, peevish, covetous, morose, vain, talkative, but incapable of friendship, and dead to all natural affection, which never descended below their grandchildren.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • I wondered peevishly why they couldn’t put her anywhere else instead of quartering her on me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Still, let it not be supposed that amid this affected resignation to the will of Providence, the unfortunate inn-keeper did not writhe under the double misery of seeing the hateful canal carry off his customers and his profits, and the daily infliction of his peevish partner’s murmurs and lamentations.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Soon after the marriage of the young people, the worthy doctor returned to Chertsey, where, bereft of the presence of his old friends, he would have been discontented if his temperament had admitted of such a feeling; and would have turned quite peevish if he had known how.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • A peevish school boy, worthless of such honour, Join’d with a masker and a reveller!
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • At first there was a little peevish cry of "mammy", and an effort to regain the pillowing arm and bosom; but mammy’s ear was deaf, and the pillow seemed to be slipping away backward.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He remained that way, breathing hard with peevish anger.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ’If you talk so, I won’t tell you any more,’ she returned, peevishly rising to her feet.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • "Nonsense!" said the Widow Wycherly, with a peevish toss of her head.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
  • But he was so much imposed upon by the Jews that he had nothing left except his small farm; his wife became uglier every day, more peevish and unsupportable; the old woman was infirm and even more fretful than Cunegonde.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • A stately squadron of snowy geese were riding in an adjoining pond, convoying whole fleets of ducks; regiments of turkeys were gobbling through the farmyard, and Guinea fowls fretting about it, like ill-tempered housewives, with their peevish, discontented cry.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Come, sir, you peevishly threw it to her; and her will is it should be so returned.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • "I’ve been sick, I told you," he said, peevishly, almost resenting her excessive pity.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The ladies’ voices grew animated, and—if the sad truth be owned—a little peevish.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Such duty as the subject owes the prince, Even such a woman oweth to her husband; And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour, And not obedient to his honest will, What is she but a foul contending rebel And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Sometimes Dede felt a little peevish.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • His voice was peevish.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • But not peevish.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Nevertheless, with so many reasons for taking life patiently and joyously, Messire Robert d’Estouteville woke up on the morning of the seventh of January, 1482, in a very surly and peevish mood.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • "Name of Jeffers," Mr. Pillsbury said peevishly, as at an unpleasant recollection.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • ROS (peevish): Never a moment’s peace!
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Why, thou peevish sheep, What ship of Epidamnum stays for me?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • At all events, Hepzibah had fully satisfied herself of the impossibility of ever becoming wonted to this peevishly obstreperous little bell.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
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