fidgety vs fretful what difference

what is difference between fidgety and fretful

English

Etymology

From fidget +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪdʒɪti/

Adjective

fidgety (comparative fidgetier, superlative fidgetiest)

  1. Having, or pertaining to, a tendency to fidget; restless.
    • 1925-29, Mahadev Desai (translator), M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Part I, chapter xiii:
      I did not feel sea-sick at all. But as the days passed, I became fidgety. I felt shy even in speaking to the steward. []
    • 1999, Laurie Waldstein, Leslie Zinberg, The Pink and Blue Toddler and Preschooler Pages
      A fidgety child can easily knock over the drink and burn the two of you.

Synonyms

  • antsy, fretful, itchy

Derived terms

  • fidgetily
  • fidgetiness

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • fretfull (archaic)

Etymology

fret +‎ -ful

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹɛtfəl/

Adjective

fretful (comparative more fretful, superlative most fretful)

  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.

Derived terms

  • fretfully
  • fretfulness
  • unfretful

Translations

Anagrams

  • truffle

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