- disposed or quick to fret; irritable or peevish.
Also fret·some [fret-suh m] /ˈfrɛt səm/.
Origin of fretful
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petulant, querulous, impatient, testy.
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Examples from the Web for fretful
Calls made by Ishihara for a “new military” are alarming to many Japanese, and the Chinese blogosphere has been fretful about it.Why Japan’s Right Turn Could Be Trouble for the U.S.
December 16, 2012
Like George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, the fretful marionettes pondered what life would be like without Sarkozy.France’s Petty Politics Brings Christmas Early to Scandal Lovers
December 15, 2012
This strong and capable woman is fretful about what to wear for a dinner freighted with emotion.Robin Givhan: Dressing for Power on USA’s ‘Political Animals'
August 8, 2012
Not of age—merely of time; for here was no senility, no quavering or fretful lines.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
An' Josh he got kind o' fretful to her, an' she to him, an' 'Mandy was all honey an' cream.Meadow Grass
But she hardly ever looked in his direction, and when she spoke to him it was in a cold or fretful voice.The Christian
"Go on, please," said Kate in a fretful whisper, and she tugged at Pete's sleeve.
The women moistened its lips with barley-water, and hushed its fretful whimper.
- peevish, irritable, or upset
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Word Origin and History for fretful
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