fretful fretful  /f ˈrɛt fəl/


  1. (adj) nervous and unable to relax
  2. (adj) habitually complaining



  1. Because the faithful do their work by day, eat, drink and pray by night, they have little time for sleep and as Ramadan progresses become increasingly fretful.
  2. The rosy sentimentalist was also a fretful conservative; he backed Joe McCarthy's search for imaginary communists in the State Department.
  3. It was the tale of a fretful rich girl who married the dazzlingly brilliant Philip Graham.


  • Schafer: Insurers are final hurdle for medical device companies

    Torax Medical got its start in 2002 and still hasn’t made a nickel. But the problem is not one of the hurdles that fretful congressmen talk about, a lack of capital or difficulty getting a product through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
    on July 12, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


  1. Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson said the United States is "vulnerable, fretful and fearful" during an address Thursday before a packed Education Auditorium at the University of Wyoming.
    on Feb 22, 2007 By: Alan Simpson Source: Laramine Boomerang

  2. "You've got to go in there and say listen, all these games are very important," Beilein said Monday. "But at the same time, you don't want them to be in there fretful. It's a good season, but go in there and play to win, because you're the...
    on Mar 10, 2009 By: John Beilein Source: Detroit Free Press

  3. "Bypassing the complexities of language, drawing's immediacy and intimacy makes it an ideal mode to respond to the nagging worries, fretful doubts, and neurotic fixations that plague the present moment," exhibit curator Deb Sokolow said.
    on Mar 15, 2007 By: Deb Sokolow Source: Northwest Herald

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