fretful

adjective fret·ful \ ˈfret-fəl \
Updated on: 3 May 2018

Definition of fretful

: disposed to fret : irritable, restless

fretfully

play \ˈfret-fə-lē\ adverb

fretfulness

noun

Examples of fretful in a Sentence

  1. He fell into a fretful sleep.

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FRETFUL Defined for English Language Learners

fretful

Definition of fretful for English Language Learners

  • : upset and worried

  • : not relaxing or restful


FRETFUL Defined for Kids

fretful

adjective fret·ful \ ˈfret-fəl \

Definition of fretful for Students

: irritated and worried
  • a fretful passenger

fretfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

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