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2 definitions found
 for fretfully
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) :

      adv 1: in a fretful manner; "fretfully, the baby tossed in his