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Wordnet 3.0


1. nervous and unable to relax;
- Example: "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"
- Example: "a restless child"
[syn: antsy, fidgety, fretful, itchy]

2. habitually complaining;
- Example: "a whiny child"
[syn: fretful, querulous, whiney, whiny]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fretful \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. 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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

fretful adj 1: nervous and unable to relax; "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"; "a restless child" [syn: antsy, fidgety, fretful, itchy] 2: habitually complaining; "a whiny child" [syn: fretful, querulous, whiney, whiny]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

93 Moby Thesaurus words for "fretful": Jeremianic, abrupt, agitated, antsy, antsy-pantsy, anxious, bad-tempered, breathless, bustling, captious, carping, catty, caviling, chafing, choleric, complaining, contrary, crabby, cranky, critical, cross, curt, disagreeable, eager, edgy, excited, faultfinding, fidgety, fluttering, fluttery, fractious, fretting, fussing, fussy, grumpy, hasty, hopped-up, howling, huffy, ill-natured, ill-tempered, impatient, impetuous, in a lather, in a stew, in a sweat, irascible, irritable, jumpy, lamentive, moanful, moody, mournful, nagging, naggy, on edge, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, plaintive, plangent, puling, querulous, resentful, restive, restless, short, short-tempered, shrewish, snappish, sorrowful, splenetic, squirming, squirmy, sulky, testy, tetchy, touchy, turbulent, ululant, uneasy, unpatient, unquiet, unsettled, vexed, vixenish, vixenly, wailful, waspish, whimpering, whining, whiny