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  • adv. in a fretful manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a fretful manner; peevishly; complainingly.

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

  • adv. in a fretful manner


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  • "I call fretfully as my baby birds, sunblocked and behatted flit off down the street.

    Erika Schickel: Baby Steps

  • "If it don't rain soon," she called fretfully, "I guess you'll find yourselves alone an 'forsaken, like pelicans in the wilderness.

    Tiverton Tales

  • Mrs. Martin was out of bed, calling fretfully into the passage for Dilman.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • "See how you worry sister!" for Lucy was calling fretfully,

    Joyce's Investments A Story for Girls

  • At that moment Banford’s voice was heard calling fretfully, crossly from upstairs.

    The Fox

  • While she was singing, the sick boy had lain motionless; but now he began to nestle, and called fretfully, "Water!

    Polly of the Hospital Staff

  • He spent his days staring at a mindless stream of numbers running down his computer screen and his nights tossing fretfully in the guest bed.

    Curb Appeal

  • While I don't doubt that every effort will be made by profit-driven corporations to develop ways to produce goods even if rare minerals are fully depleted, the gulf between now and a future where minerals can be safely reclaimed and reused is fretfully wide.

    Boing Boing

  • There are few places to turn around on the twisting road, and so you continue, fretfully, until finally the road begins to descend and you spy some white buildings in a bend up ahead.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • “It's probably chewed up and covered in cat spit!” he said fretfully as he walked over quickly to inspect the puzzle piece.

    The Last Piece

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