fretful vs querulous what difference

what is difference between fretful and querulous

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


English

Etymology

From Old French querelos, from Late Latin querulōsus, from Latin querulus, from queror (I complain).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkwɛɹ(j)ʊləs/
  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɛɹ(j)ələs/, /ˈkwiːɹ(j)ələs/

Adjective

querulous (comparative more querulous, superlative most querulous)

  1. Often complaining; suggesting a complaint in expression; fretful, whining.
    • 1922, A. M. Chisholm, A Thousand a Plate:
      The nights were now cold, gemmed with a multitude of bright stars, uncanny with the querulous wail of coyotes and the occasional deep voices of wolves.

Synonyms

  • See Thesaurus:irritable or Thesaurus:peevish or Thesaurus:sad

Derived terms

  • querulously
  • querulousness

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