fretful


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fret·ful

 (frĕt′fəl)
adj.
1. Inclined to be vexed or troubled; peevish.
2. Marked by worry and distress; troublesome: "Of all the fretful stages of human development, adolescence is the most infamous" (David Gelman).

fret′ful·ly adv.
fret′ful·ness n.

fretful

(ˈfrɛtfʊl)
adj
peevish, irritable, or upset
ˈfretfully adv
ˈfretfulness n

fret•ful

(ˈfrɛt fəl)

adj.
disposed or quick to fret; irritable; peevish.
[1585–95]
fret′ful•ly, adv.
fret′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fretful - nervous and unable to relax; "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"; "a restless child"
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
2.fretful - habitually complaining; "a whiny child"
complaining, complaintive - expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment; "a complaining boss"

fretful

adjective irritable, cross, worried, complaining, anxious, unhappy, uneasy, edgy, touchy, fractious, petulant, out of sorts, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, short-tempered, querulous, peevish, splenetic, crotchety (informal), captious an extremely fretful four-month old baby

fretful

adjective
2. Being unable or unwilling to endure irritation or opposition, for example:
Translations
نَكِد، شَكّاء، شَكِس
rozmrzelýzlobivý
gnavenutidig
óánægîur, uppstökkur

fretful

[ˈfretfʊl] ADJ [child] → inquieto

fretful

[ˈfrɛtfʊl] adj [child] → pleurnicheur/euse

fretful

adj childquengelig; adult, behaviourwehleidig; (= irritable, on edge)genervt (inf); toneklagend; (= restless) sleepunruhig

fretful

[ˈfrɛtfʊl] adj (child) → irritabile

fret

(fret) past tense, past participle ˈfretted verb
to worry or show anxiety or discontentment. She was always fretting about something or other.
ˈfretful adjective
cross; discontented. fretful children.
References in classic literature ?
So when she was a sickly, fretful, ugly little baby she was kept out of the way, and when she became a sickly, fretful, toddling thing she was kept out of the way also.
It was not very unlike his dream, for his sleep had been little more than living through again, in a fevered delirious way, all that had happened since daybreak, and his mother with her fretful grief was present to him through it all.
Seems to me she's failing right along, and that's what makes her so fretful and easy vexed.
Who is this bent lady, supporting herself by a stick, and showing me a countenance in which there are some traces of old pride and beauty, feebly contending with a querulous, imbecile, fretful wandering of the mind?
le Comte de Guiche," said he, in a fretful voice, whilst putting on, behind the curtain, his dressing-gown, with the assistance of Bernouin.
But he is manifestly afraid of my displeasure; and if at one time he tries my patience by his unreasonable exactions, and fretful complaints and reproaches, at another he depresses me by his abject submission and deprecatory self-abasement when he fears he has gone too far.
But it seemeth to me that ye are badly adapted for company: ye make one another's hearts fretful, ye that cry for help, when ye sit here together?
I doubt not that our conduct had much to do with making him appear awkward, and of consequence fretful.
You, who had seen all the fretful selfishness of my latter days; who had known all the murmurings of my heart
She had noticed occasionally that his expression was fretful and impatient when he looked round at her from an open cabinet or cupboard and gave his orders; and she inferred that something in connection with his papers and possessions -- it might or might not be the Secret Trust -- irritated and annoyed him from time to time.
O bed, O bed, delicious bed, that heaven on earth to the weary head," as sang poor Hood, you are a kind old nurse to us fretful boys and girls.
Macallan understands this as the fretful outbreak of a person in pain, and waits in the room to tell the nurse that the doctor is sent for.