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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fret·ful /ˈfrɛtfəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fret·ful a.  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) 2.0

      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]