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
From fret + -ful. (Wiktionary)