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Daemon
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fretful

(adjective) Habitually complaining.

Synonyms: querulous, whiny

Usage: She had never spoken a word to her sister-in-law for three days; but she had likewise dropped her fretful complaining, and we found it a great comfort.
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fretful (adj.)
1590s, "gnawing; disposed to fret," from fret (n.) + -ful. Related: Fretfully; fretfulness.
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Someone who's fretful can't relax. You might be fretful — upset and fidgety — if you're waiting to hear whether or not you've been accepted into a competitive summer music program
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You may be fretful because you're worried about a friend, you're waiting for news, you're incredibly irritated with your little brother, or simply because you're an anxious and restless person. The word at the heart of fretful is fret, a verb meaning "worry" which is rooted in the Old English fretan, "to eat or devour." From this, fret grew to mean "being eaten away by worry."
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fret·ful (frĕt′fəl)
adj.
1. Inclined to be vexed or troubled; peevish.
2. Marked by worry and distress; troublesome: "Of all the fretful stages of human development, adolescence is the most infamous" (David Gelman).
fret′ful·ly adv.
fret′ful·ness n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
fretful (ˈfrɛtfʊl)
adj
peevish, irritable, or upset
ˈfretfully adv
ˈfretfulness n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
fret•ful (ˈfrɛt fəl)

adj.
disposed or quick to fret; irritable; peevish.
[1585–95]
fret′ful•ly, adv.
fret′ful•ness, n.
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Adj. 1. fretful - nervous and unable to relax; "a constant fretful stamping of hooves"; "a restless child"
antsy, fidgety, itchy
tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
2. fretful - habitually complaining; "a whiny child"
querulous, whiney, whiny
complaining, complaintive - expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment; "a complaining boss"
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fretful
adjective irritable, cross, worried, complaining, anxious, unhappy, uneasy, edgy, touchy, fractious, petulant, out of sorts, tetchy, ratty (Brit. & N.Z. informal), testy, short-tempered, querulous, peevish, splenetic, crotchety (informal), captious an extremely fretful four-month old baby
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
fretfuladjective

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+ irritable, cranky ...
Fred Day
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Commenting here from "Word of the day email" - Never heard fretful used like this (habitual complainer) - always (common where I live) in the sense of an anxious manner - would suggest primary definition is misleading - after checking, other dictionaries seem to go with the anxious manner meaning etc
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
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Fred Day wrote:
Never heard fretful used like this (habitual complainer) - always (common where I live) in the sense of an anxious manner - would suggest primary definition is misleading

Did they say it was primary? They just pick one from the WordNet 3.0 Farlex collection:



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fretful --> worry wort


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fretful

Definition: (adjective) Habitually complaining.
Synonyms: querulous, whiny
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