Peevish

Pee"vish

(?), a. [OE. pevische; of uncertain origin, perh. from a word imitative of the noise made by fretful children + -ish.] 1. Habitually fretful; easily vexed or fretted; hard to please; apt to complain; querulous; petulant. "Her peevish babe." Wordsworth.
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She is peevish, sullen, froward.
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2. Expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable dissatisfaction; as, a peevish answer.
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3. Silly; childish; trifling. [Obs.]
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To send such peevish tokens to a king.
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Syn. -- Querulous; petulant; cross; ill-tempered; testy; captious; discontented. See Fretful.
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