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peevish

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Definition easily irritated or annoyed
  • He reached for a glass while the faun gave his shoes a peevish glance.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • 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
  • " After a few moments Cal said peevishly, "I wish you'd get on with your lecture.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • "I've been sick, I told you," he said, peevishly, almost resenting her excessive pity.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He seemed to look down on Phaedrus with womanish peevishness as a spoiler of what should have been a nice experience.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Why, this it is to be a peevish girl That flies her fortune when it follows her.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • 'He isn't doing it now,' said Rumfoord peevishly.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The cold seemed to rouse her a little and she looked around peevishly, shivering.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • A peevish school boy, worthless of such honour, Join'd with a masker and a reveller!
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • With some peevish exclamation he looked up at Cherry, who remained impassive.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • There, you see," he said peevishly: "I'm even afraid to make a positive statement.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Oh, she's fine," I say peevishly.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He had lost his peevishness, and could hide his indifference to people and his interest in food.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Began to roll and complain like a peevish world on a grumble.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • TYRONE With drunken peevishness.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  Long Day's Journey into Night
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Yet, he assured her, he was neither "fretful nor peevish."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "He called me boy," Joffrey said peevishly, sounding younger than his years.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Well, be may chance to do some good on her: A peevish self-will'd harlotry it is.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • "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
  • "Dearie, you aren't going to go and get peevish, are you?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt

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