fretfully


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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.
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Adv.1.fretfully - in a fretful manner; "fretfully, the baby tossed in his crib"
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fretfully

[ˈfretfəlɪ] ADV (gen) → inquietamente; [complain] → fastidiosamente
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

fretfully

adv saywehleidig; crykläglich
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

fretfully

[ˈfrɛtfəlɪ] advin modo irritato
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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She spoke fretfully, but she still held the mirror before her face.
"I do not cough for my own amusement," replied Kitty fretfully. "When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?"
"Of course," said the King, fretfully pacing up and down the room.
He looked around the room fretfully. He looked into the nurse's face, which he disliked exceedingly, and he looked at the doctor, whom he was beginning to detest.
'I want to drink,' he exclaimed fretfully, turning away.
He rubbed his forehead fretfully as he looked her over.
His color shifted and changed; he picked fretfully at his finger-nails; he looked at Arnold as if he was going to speak--and then looked away again, in silence.
And he heard in answer a voice, as if crying far away, as if screaming to him fretfully from a very great distance, the one word "Yes!" Other seas swept again over the bridge.
'Yes, yes, we are,' returned the old man fretfully. 'Further away, dear Nell, pray further away.'
I know who y' are now; y' are a Methody, like Seth; he's tould me on you," said Lisbeth fretfully, her overpowering sense of pain returning, now her wonder was gone.
'I wish,' said Claire, fretfully, leading the way down the grillroom stairs, 'that you wouldn't let all London sponge on you like this.
Blake, I found him as restless as ever in his bed; fretfully wondering why the influence of the laudanum had not begun to assert itself yet.