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pee·vish  audio  (pvsh) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
    1. Querulous or discontented.
    2. Ill-tempered.
  1. Contrary; fractious.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English pevish, possibly from Latin perversus, past participle of perversus ; see perverse

OTHER FORMS:
peevish·ly(Adverb), peevish·ness(Noun)


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