frettingly

adverb

fret·​ting·​ly
: in the manner of one that frets
hung around the house frettingly occupying himself with trivialities

Word History

Etymology

Middle English fretingly, from freting (from freten to fret, devour + -ing, adjective suffix used to form the present participle) + -ly

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“Frettingly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frettingly. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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