Someone who is peevish is bad-tempered. adj
Aubrey had slept little and that always made him peevish..., She glared down at me with a peevish expression on her face.
peevishly adv ADV with v, ADV adj
Brian sighed peevishly..., She had grown ever more peevishly dependent on him.
He complained with characteristic peevishness.
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