1. [syn: peevishly, querulously, fractiously]
2. in a fractious manner;
- Example: "the horse was behaving fractiously and refused to jump"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fractious \Frac"tious\, a. [Cf. Prov. E. frack forward, eager,
E. freak, fridge; or Prov. E. fratch to squabble, quarrel.]
Apt to break out into a passion; apt to scold; cross;
snappish; ugly; unruly; as, a fractious man; a fractious
Syn: Snappish; peevish; waspish; cross; irritable; perverse;
pettish. -- Frac"tious*ly, v. -- Frac"tious*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: in a peevish manner [syn: peevishly, querulously,
2: in a fractious manner; "the horse was behaving fractiously
and refused to jump"