AskDefine | Define fractious

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fractious adj
1 stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child" [syn: refractory]
2 easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen" [syn: cranky, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, testy, tetchy, techy]
3 unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome; "rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thigkly populated areas"; "fractious components of a communication system"

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English

Pronunciation

  • a US /ˈfræk.ʃəs/

Adjective

  1. given to troublemaking
  2. irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Smith, Elder & Company, London, page 228,
      …in his present fractious mood, she dared whisper no observations, nor ask of him any information.

Translations

given to troublemaking
  • German: aufsässig, zänkisch, verdrießlich, wiederspenstig, mürrisch, störrisch
  • Spanish: quisquilloso
irritable, argumentative, quarrelsome
  • German: aufsässig, zänkisch, verdrießlich, wiederspenstig, mürrisch, störrisch
  • Spanish: quisquilloso

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