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.
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]