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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for fretfully

fretful

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

fretful

adj.

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

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