Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inclined to be vexed or troubled; peevish.
  • adjective Marked by worry and distress; troublesome.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective nervous and unable to relax
  • adjective habitually complaining

Etymologies

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From fret +‎ -ful.

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