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 ?
One discovered that money couldn't keep shame and sorrow out of rich people's houses, another that, though she was poor, she was a great deal happier, with her youth, health, and good spirits, than a certain fretful, feeble old lady who couldn't enjoy her comforts, a third that, disagreeable as it was to help get dinner, it was harder still to go begging for it and the fourth, that even carnelian rings were not so valuable as good behavior.
There are evils worse than death," said Duncan, speaking hoarsely, and as if fretful at her importunity, "but which the presence of one who would die in your behalf may avert.
I don't feel as if it was worth while to turn my hand over for anything, and I'm getting dreadfully fretful and querulous.
Seems to me she's failing right along, and that's what makes her so fretful and easy vexed.
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 never spoken a word to her sister-in-law for three days; but she had likewise dropped her fretful complaining, and we found it a great comfort.
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.
Lecount and her master which Noel Vanstone's little fretful outbreak had just disclosed to him.
Gummidge's was rather a fretful disposition, and she whimpered more sometimes than was comfortable for other parties in so small an establishment.
Some sense of the grimly-ludicrous moved me to a fretful laugh, as I replied, "I have looked over it.
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.