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Meaning of FRETFUL

Pronunciation:  'fretful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  habitually complaining; "a whining child"
  2. [adj]  unable to relax or be still; "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"; "itchy for excitement"; "a restless child"

FRETFUL is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: complaining(a), complaintive, fidgety, itchy, querulous, restless, unquiet, whiney, whining(a), whiny



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fret"ful\, a. [See 2d {Fret}.]
Disposed to fret; ill-humored; peevish; angry; in a state of
vexation; as, a fretful temper. -- {Fret"ful-ly}, adv. --
{Fret"ful-ness}, n.

Syn: Peevish; ill-humored; ill-natured; irritable; waspish;
     captious; petulant; splenetic; spleeny; passionate;

Usage: {Fretful}, {Peevish}, {Cross}. These words all
       indicate an unamiable working and expression of
       temper. Peevish marks more especially the inward
       spirit: a peevish man is always ready to find fault.
       Fretful points rather to the outward act, and marks a
       complaining impatience: sickly children are apt to be
       fretful. Crossness is peevishness mingled with
       vexation or anger.

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