AskDefine | Define fretful

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fretful adj
1 unable to relax or be still; "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"; "itchy for excitement"; "a restless child" [syn: fidgety, itchy, restless]
2 habitually complaining; "a whining child" [syn: querulous, whiney, whining(a), whiny]

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  1. irritable, bad-tempered, grumpy or peevish
    • 1909: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
      It was another cry, but not quite like the one she had heard last night; it was only a short one, a fretful, childish whine muffled by passing through walls.
  2. unable to relax; fidgety or restless

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