Definition of peevishness:
vexation, biliousness, anger, choler, resentment, snappishness, irritation, indignation, displeasure, offense, wrath, mood, pique, rage, pettishness, fussiness, passion, humor, temper, surliness, ire, animosity, petulance, crabbiness, excitability, exasperation, irritability, toughness, fretfulness, impatience, humour, yellow bile, fury, crossness.
irritability (part of speech: noun)
Many who are too clear- sighted to neglect home duties, yet leave this difficulty unfaced, in that they look for all the pleasure of their life outside home, and within that home allow themselves to live in an atmosphere of friction and peevishness.- "Stray Thoughts for Girls", Lucy H. M. Soulsby.
Now as the clerk droned through the mass of unfinished matters that burdened the schedule, the clock stood at ten in the evening, and a spirit of disordered peevishness proclaimed itself in the chamber.- "The Law of Hemlock Mountain", Hugh Lundsford.
And then we go off for a time from Marguerite, though not exactly from Switzerland, in the famous " Obermann" stanzas, a variation of the Wordsworth memorial lines, melodious, but a very little impotent- the English utterance of what Sainte- Beuve, I think, called " the discouraged generation of 1850." Now mere discouragement, except as a passing mood, though extremely natural, is also a little contemptible- pessimism- and- water, mere peevishness to the " fierce indignation," mere whining compared with the great ironic despair.- "Matthew Arnold", George Saintsbury.