peeve
I. transitive verb (peeved; peeving) Etymology: back-formation from peevish Date: 1910 to make peevish or resentful ; annoy Synonyms: see irritate II. noun Date: 1911 1. a feeling or mood of resentment 2. a particular grievance or source of aggravation

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  • peeve — /peev/, v., peeved, peeving, n. v.t. 1. to render peevish; annoy. n. 2. a source of annoyance or irritation: Tardiness is one of my greatest peeves. 3. an annoyed or irritated mood: to be in a peeve. [1905 10, Amer.; back formation from PEEVISH]… …   Universalium

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