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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] She is peevish, sullen, froward. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable dissatisfaction; as, a peevish answer. [1913 Webster] 3. Silly; childish; trifling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To send such peevish tokens to a king. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Querulous; petulant; cross; ill-tempered; testy; captious; discontented. See Fretful. [1913 Webster]