fret-fully

fretful

[fret-fuhl]
adjective
disposed or quick to fret; irritable or peevish.
Also, fretsome [fret-suhm] .


Origin:
1585–95; fret1 + -ful

fretfully, adverb
fretfulness, noun
unfretful, adjective
unfretfully, adverb


petulant, querulous, impatient, testy.
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fretful (ˈfrɛtfʊl)
 
adj
peevish, irritable, or upset
 
'fretfully
 
adv
 
'fretfulness
 
n

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fretful
1590s, from fret (v.) + -ful. Related: Fretfully.
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