• WordNet 3.6
    • n peevishness a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger "his temper was well known to all his employees"
    • n peevishness an irritable petulant feeling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peevishness The quality of being peevish; disposition to murmur; sourness of temper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peevishness The quality of being peevish; perverseness; forwardness; petulancy; fretfulness; waywardness; capriciousness.
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  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.”


In literature:

From a peevish child he grew to be a man, and unbearably undutiful to his parents.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
Stewart looked up to him with a sort of peevish resentment at the man's confidence and cool poise.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
Yan led off, carrying all the things of the outfit, and his comrade followed slowly and peevishly.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
After this, she had visitors in the house and did not come for three days, and John Derringham felt a little peevish and aggrieved.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
Jealousy shews itself by restlessness, peevishness, thoughtfulness, anxiety, absence of mind.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
He is intensely nervous, peevish, and subject to fits of childish rage.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
He was, however, peevish, impulsive, impetuous and often very unreasonable.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
His mind was palsied with his body; its utmost energy was peevishness.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A keen and peevish resentment took possession of him.
"Lady Merton, Colonist" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Joe worried over the matter until he became very peevish, yet he came no nearer a business-like adjustment of receipts and expenditures.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton

In poetry:

This picture, friend, is surely overdone,
You paint the tribe by drawing only one;
Or from one peevish grunt, in haste, conclude
The man's whole life with misery imbued.
"Prothalamion" by Horace Smith
Then fear not I should e'er rebel,
My gentle love! I might as well
A forward peevishness put on,
And quarrel with the mid-day sun;
Or question who gave him a right
To be so fiery and so bright.
"An Attempt At The Manner Of Waller" by William Cowper
What good soe'er the gods dispense,
The enjoyment of its influence
Still on her love depends;
Her love the shield that guards his heart,
Or wards the blow, or blunts the dart
That peevish fortune sends.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
Then wilt thou sigh, when in each frown
A hateful wrinkle more appears:
And putting peevish humours on, Seems but the sad effect of years:
Kindness itself too weak a charm will prove
To raise the feeble fires of aged love.
"An Ode : While Blooming Youth And Gay Delight" by Matthew Prior
'Tis of your blood I would be drinking,
To your soft shrilling listening now,
And your thin fingers peering through
At the deep forests of the sky.
O satisfy my peevish thought past thinking,
My sense with your sense linking.
"Grasses" by John Freeman
I do not turn with sighs and groans
To ease my limbs, to rest my bones,
As if my bed were stuffed with stones,
No peevish murmur tips my tongue —
Ah no! for every sound upflung
Says: "Lad, you're free and strong and young."
"Insomnia" by Robert W Service

In news:

A title track peevishly protesting lost privacy.
Mitt Romney's Peevish , Prickly Debate Flop.
Peevish over health care paperwork.
Does A Peevish Roberts Dissent Say Anything About Obamacare.
Peevish Humorless Feminist Edition.
Mitt Romney's Peevish, Prickly Debate Flop.
One peevish misconception about who's making out like a bandit.
Our film critic is a bit peevish, having never been asked to participate in the poll.