fractious

[ frak-shuhs ]
/ ˈfræk ʃəs /
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adjective

refractory or unruly: a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.
readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: an incorrigibly fractious young man.

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Origin of fractious

First recorded in 1715–25; fracti(on) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM fractious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fractious

factious, fractious
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British Dictionary definitions for fractious

fractious
/ (ˈfrækʃəs) /

adjective

irritable
unruly

Derived forms of fractious

fractiously, adverbfractiousness, noun

Word Origin for fractious

C18: from (obsolete) fraction discord + -ous

usage for fractious

Fractious is sometimes wrongly used where factious is meant: this factious (not fractious) dispute has split the party still further
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