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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]


Unable to relax or be still


itchy; fretful; fidgety; antsy; restless

Context examples:

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


unquiet (characterized by unrest or disorder)

Sense 2fretful [BACK TO TOP]


Habitually complaining


querulous; whiney; whiny; fretful; whining

Context example:

a whining child


complaining; complaintive (expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment)

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