Definition of peevish:
scratchy, fretful, bad-tempered, abrasive, spotty, quick-tempered, complaining, plaguey, recalcitrant, pestiferous, rough, pestering, vexatious, fractious, crank, testy, waspish, obstinate, choleric, sensitive, grumpy, uneven, gravelly, mean, angry, vexing, galling, teasing, crabby, snippety, moody, fiery, crotchety, refractory, ratty, tippy, temperamental, pertinacious, cranky, techy, ill-tempered, irritable, attitude, stuffy, tetchy, bothersome, rasping, raspy, snippy, snappy, snarky, grouchy, nettlesome, querulous, ugly, ill-natured, hot-tempered, petulant, short-tempered, irritating, morose, disagreeable, annoying, plaguy, grating, perverse, tender, nasty, peckish, out of sorts, pettish, excitable, pesky.
- "The Money Master, Volume 3.", Gilbert Parker.
- "The Passionate Elopement", Compton Mackenzie.
- "The First Hundred Thousand", Ian Hay.