fretful

  • 1 Fretful — 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 fretful — index fractious, petulant, querulous, restive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 fretful — 1590s, from FRET (Cf. fret) (v.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Related: Fretfully …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 fretful — peevish, *irritable, petulant, querulous, fractious, snappish, waspish, pettish, huffy Analogous words: cross, cranky, touchy, choleric, *irascible: captious, carping, caviling, faultfinding, Critical: Contrary, perverse Contrasted words: patient …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 fretful — [adj] irritable captious, carping*, caviling, complaining, contrary, crabby*, cranky*, critical, cross, crotchety*, edgy, faultfinding, fractious, huffy*, mean, ornery*, out of sorts*, peevish, perverse, petulant, querulous, shorttempered,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 fretful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ anxious or irritated. DERIVATIVES fretfully adverb fretfulness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 fretful — [fret′fəl] adj. tending to fret; irritable and discontented; peevish fretfully adv. fretfulness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 fretful — [[t]fre̱tfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone is fretful, they behave in a way that shows that they worried or unhappy about something. Don t assume your baby automatically needs feeding if she s fretful …

    English dictionary

  • 9 fretful — adjective a) irritable, bad tempered, grumpy or peevish It was another cry, but not quite like the one she had heard last night; it was only a short one, a fretful, childish whine muffled by passing through walls. b) unable to relax; fidgety or… …

    Wiktionary

  • 10 fretful — fret|ful [ˈfretfəl] adj anxious and complaining, and unable to relax ▪ The child was tired and fretful. >fretfully adv >fretfulness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 fretful — adjective anxious and complaining, especially about small or unimportant things: The child was tired and fretful. fretfully adverb fretfulness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 fretful — adjective the long wait in traffic was making us fretful Syn: distressed, upset, miserable, unsettled, uneasy, ill at ease, uncomfortable, edgy, agitated, worked up, tense, stressed, restive, fidgety, antsy; querulous, irritable, cross …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 fretful — [ˈfretf(ə)l] adj someone who is fretful is worried and unhappy …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 14 fretful — adjective Date: 1594 disposed to fret ; irritable, restless • fretfully adverb • fretfulness noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 fretful — fretfully, adv. fretfulness, n. /fret feuhl/, adj. disposed or quick to fret; irritable or peevish. Also, fretsome /fret seuhm/. [1585 95; FRET1 + FUL] Syn. petulant, querulous, impatient, testy. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 16 fretful — Synonyms and related words: Jeremianic, abrupt, agitated, antsy, antsy pantsy, anxious, bad tempered, breathless, bustling, captious, carping, catty, caviling, chafing, choleric, complaining, contrary, crabby, cranky, critical, cross, curt,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 fretful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. restless; peevish, pettish. See agitation, discontent. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. peevish, petulant, cross, captious; see irritable . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. discontented, irritable,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 fretful — fret|ful [ fretfl ] adjective worried and unhappy, especially because of being nervous or tired …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 fretful — fret·ful || fretfÊŠl adj. worried, anxious; agitated; angry, irritable …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 fretful — truffle …

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