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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined to be vexed or troubled; peevish.
  • adj. Marked by worry and distress; troublesome: "Of all the fretful stages of human development, adolescence is the most infamous” ( David Gelman).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. irritable, bad-tempered, grumpy or peevish
  • adj. unable to relax; fidgety or restless

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disposed to fret; ill-humored; peevish; angry; in a state of vexation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Gnawing; wearing; abrading; corroding.
  • In a state of commotion; moved or agitated, as water; seething.
  • Disposed to fret; ill-tempered; ill-humored; peevish: as, a fretful temper.
  • Characterized by, indicating, or causing fret, worry, or ill temper.
  • Synonyms Peevish, Pettish, etc. (see petulant); irritable, complaining, querulous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. nervous and unable to relax
  • adj. habitually complaining

Etymologies

From fret +‎ -ful. (Wiktionary)

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