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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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;  splenetic;  spleeny;  passionate; 
  angry. 
 
  Usage:  {Fretful},  {Peevish},  {Cross}.  These  words  all 
  indicate  an  unamiable  working  and  expression  of 
  temper.  Peevish  marks  more  especially  the  inward 
  spirit:  a  peevish  man  is  always  ready  to  find  fault. 
  Fretful  points  rather  to  the  outward  act  and  marks  a 
  complaining  impatience:  sickly  children  are  apt  to  be 
  fretful.  Crossness  is  peevishness  mingled  with 
  vexation  or  anger. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fretful 
  adj  1:  unable  to  relax  or  be  still  "a  constant  fretful  stamping  of 
  hooves";  "itchy  for  excitement";  "a  restless  child" 
  [syn:  {fidgety},  {itchy},  {restless}] 
  2:  habitually  complaining;  "a  whining  child"  [syn:  {querulous}, 
  {whiney},  {whining(a)},  {whiny}] 




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