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 for Fretful
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fretful \Fret"ful\, a. [See 2d Fret.]
     Disposed to fret; ill-humored; peevish; angry; in a state of
     vexation; as, a fretful temper. -- Fret"ful*ly, adv. --
     Fret"ful*ness, n.
     Syn: Peevish; ill-humored; ill-natured; irritable; waspish;
          captious; petulant; splenetic; spleeny; passionate;
     Usage: Fretful, Peevish, Cross. These words all
            indicate an unamiable working and expression of
            temper. Peevish marks more especially the inward
            spirit: a peevish man is always ready to find fault.
            Fretful points rather to the outward act, and marks a
            complaining impatience: sickly children are apt to be
            fretful. Crossness is peevishness mingled with
            vexation or anger.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: nervous and unable to relax; "a constant fretful stamping
             of hooves"; "a restless child" [syn: antsy, fidgety,
             fretful, itchy]
      2: habitually complaining; "a whiny child" [syn: fretful,
         querulous, whiney, whiny]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  93 Moby Thesaurus words for "fretful":
     Jeremianic, abrupt, agitated, antsy, antsy-pantsy, anxious,
     bad-tempered, breathless, bustling, captious, carping, catty,
     caviling, chafing, choleric, complaining, contrary, crabby, cranky,
     critical, cross, curt, disagreeable, eager, edgy, excited,
     faultfinding, fidgety, fluttering, fluttery, fractious, fretting,
     fussing, fussy, grumpy, hasty, hopped-up, howling, huffy,
     ill-natured, ill-tempered, impatient, impetuous, in a lather,
     in a stew, in a sweat, irascible, irritable, jumpy, lamentive,
     moanful, moody, mournful, nagging, naggy, on edge, peevish,
     perverse, pettish, petulant, plaintive, plangent, puling,
     querulous, resentful, restive, restless, short, short-tempered,
     shrewish, snappish, sorrowful, splenetic, squirming, squirmy,
     sulky, testy, tetchy, touchy, turbulent, ululant, uneasy,
     unpatient, unquiet, unsettled, vexed, vixenish, vixenly, wailful,
     waspish, whimpering, whining, whiny

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