fretfulness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fretfulness - an irritable petulant feelingfretfulness - an irritable petulant feeling  
ill humor, ill humour, distemper - an angry and disagreeable mood
testiness, tetchiness, touchiness - feeling easily irritated
pet - a fit of petulance or sulkiness (especially at what is felt to be a slight)
Translations

fretfulness

[ˈfretfʊlnɪs] Ninquietud f

fretfulness

n (of child)Quengeligkeit f; (of adult)Wehleidigkeit f; (= irritability)Nervosität f; (of voice)klagender Ton

fretfulness

[ˈfrɛtfʊlnɪs] nirritabilità
References in classic literature ?
It was the last self-exhausting effort of my fretfulness, for, after that, I slept soundly.
The faces of both, however, were tolerably calm; and no change was visible in either, except that the loss of her favourite sister, or the anger which she had herself incurred in this business, had given more of fretfulness than usual to the accents of Kitty.
Her joy and pride in the honour paid to her darling son Adam was beginning to be worsted in the conflict with the jealousy and fretfulness which had revived when Adam came to tell her that Captain Donnithorne desired him to join the dancers in the hall.
She had probably alienated love by the helplessness and fretfulness of a fearful temper, or been unreasonable in wanting a larger share than any one among so many could deserve.
The fretfulness seemed to have gone from her face, the weary lines from her mouth.
He refused to remain at the cottage--he asked, with a sudden change to fretfulness, if she would let her servant get him a cab.
But Arthur is not naturally a peevish or irritable man; so far from it, that there was something almost ludicrous in the incongruity of this adventitious fretfulness and nervous irritability, rather calculated to excite laughter than anger, if it were not for the intensely painful considerations attendant upon those symptoms of a disordered frame, and his temper gradually improved as his bodily health was restored, which was much sooner than would have been the case but for my strenuous exertions; for there was still one thing about him that I did not give up in despair, and one effort for his preservation that I would not remit.
When he spoke his voice carried the old nervous fretfulness.
she said, still quietly and rapidly, and without the least fretfulness or impatience.
Maggie, Maggie," continued the mother, in a tone of half-coaxing fretfulness, as this small mistake of nature entered the room, "where's the use o' my telling you to keep away from the water?
Tulliver," said the mother, with feeble fretfulness in her tone.
Does Jon Richardson's obsessiveness and fretfulness make you roll around in fits of laughter?