• IPA: /ˈfɹɛtfəl/


  1. Irritable, bad-tempered, grumpy or peevish.
    • 1909: Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
      It was another cry, but not quite like the one she had heard last night; it was only a short one, a fretful, childish whine muffled by passing through walls.
  2. Unable to relax; fidgety or restless.
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