from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Querulous or discontented.
- adj. Ill-tempered.
- adj. Contrary; fractious.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Constantly complaining; fretful, whining.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Habitually fretful; easily vexed or fretted; hard to please; apt to complain; querulous; petulant.
- adj. Expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable dissatisfaction.
- adj. Silly; childish; trifling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Querulous; petulant; ill-tempered; cross; fitful.
- Perverse; self-willed; forward; testy.
- Characterized by or indicating discontent, petulancy, or fretfulness.
- Childish; silly; foolish; trifling.
- Synonyms Fretful, Pettish, etc. (see petulant), ill-natured, testy, irritable, waspish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. easily irritated or annoyed
Middle English pevish, possibly from Latin perversus, past participle of perversus; see perverse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 14th century peyvesshe "capricious, silly", perhaps a corruption of Latin perversus "perverted". The meaning "fretful" develops in the 16th century. (Wiktionary)