fretful

[ fret-fuhl ]
/ ˈfrɛt fəl /

adjective

disposed or quick to fret; irritable or peevish.

Nearby words

  1. fresno,
  2. fress,
  3. fret,
  4. fret saw,
  5. fretboard,
  6. fretfully,
  7. fretsome,
  8. fretted,
  9. fretting,
  10. fretty

Also fret·some [fret-suhm] /ˈfrɛt səm/.

Origin of fretful

First recorded in 1585–95; fret1 + -ful

Related formsfret·ful·ly, adverbfret·ful·ness, nounun·fret·ful, adjectiveun·fret·ful·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for fretful

fretful

/ (ˈfrɛtfʊl) /

adjective

peevish, irritable, or upset
Derived Formsfretfully, adverbfretfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fretful

fretful

adj.

1590s, from fret (v.) + -ful. Related: Fretfully.

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