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FRETFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fretful mean? 

FRETFUL (adjective)
  The adjective FRETFUL has 2 senses:

1. unable to relax or be still
2. habitually complaining

  Familiarity information: FRETFUL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FRETFUL (adjective)


Sense 1fretful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unable to relax or be still

Synonyms:

itchy; fretful; fidgety; antsy; restless

Context examples:

a constant fretful stamping of hooves / itchy for excitement / a restless child

Similar:

unquiet (characterized by unrest or disorder)


Sense 2fretful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Habitually complaining

Synonyms:

querulous; whiney; whiny; fretful; whining

Context example:

a whining child

Similar:

complaining; complaintive (expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment)


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