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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. -- 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.


© Webster 1913.

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