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Definitions of fretful

  1. Fretfully. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. unable to relax or be still; "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"; "itchy for excitement"; "a restless child" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Disposed to fret; ill-humored; peevish; angry; in a state of vexation; as, a fretful temper. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Peevish; irritable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Ready to fret: peevish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Disposed to fret; in a state of irritation; peevish. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Disposed to fret; peevish. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for fretful

  1. They would see that Christ was around them, knocking at the door of their hearts, that He may enter in, and dwell there, and give them peace; crying to their restless, fretful confused, unhappy souls, 'Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – The Water of Life and Other Sermons by Charles Kingsley
  2. I have a very kindly remembrance of that fretful little star, because when they were discussing the cast of a play, one of those tormenting parts turned up that are of great importance to the piece, but of no importance themselves. – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
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