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fretful

[fret-fuh l] /ˈfrɛt fəl/
adjective
1.
disposed or quick to fret; irritable or peevish.
Also, fretsome
[fret-suh m] /ˈfrɛt səm/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of fretful
1585-1595
1585-95; fret1 + -ful
Related forms
fretfully, adverb
fretfulness, noun
unfretful, adjective
unfretfully, adverb
Synonyms
petulant, querulous, impatient, testy.
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  • On a sofa in the room lay Albert Tamlyn; a lad of sixteen with a fretful countenance and rumpled hair.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • An' Josh he got kind o' fretful to her, an' she to him, an' 'Mandy was all honey an' cream.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • From beneath that same blanket came the gentle and fretful moanings of the old cripple.

    The Laughing Cavalier Baroness Orczy
  • But she hardly ever looked in his direction, and when she spoke to him it was in a cold or fretful voice.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But all was vain and troubled and misty in my mind, and love—or its fretful changeling—weighed on my heart heavily.

    The Little Red Foot Robert W. Chambers
  • Sometimes she was fretful and peevish, and sometimes hopelessly dejected and sad.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • They were inclined to be fretful, but he gave them no chance to gain the mastery.

    Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for fretful

fretful

/ˈfrɛtfʊl/
adjective
1.
peevish, irritable, or upset
Derived Forms
fretfully, adverb
fretfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fretful
adj.

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

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