fractiously
adverb see fractious

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fractiously — fractious ► ADJECTIVE 1) easily irritated. 2) difficult to control. DERIVATIVES fractiously adverb fractiousness noun. ORIGIN from FRACTION(Cf. ↑fraction), probably on the pattern of faction, factious …   English terms dictionary

  • fractiously — adverb 1. in a peevish manner • Syn: ↑peevishly, ↑querulously • Derived from adjective: ↑fractious, ↑querulous (for: ↑querulously), ↑peevish ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fractiously — Fractious Frac tious, a. [Cf. Prov. E. frack forward, eager, E. freak, fridge; or Prov. E. fratch to squabble, quarrel.] Apt to break out into a passion; apt to scold; cross; snappish; ugly; unruly; as, a fractious man; a fractious horse. Syn:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fractiously — See fractious. * * * …   Universalium

  • fractiously — adverb In a fractious manner …   Wiktionary

  • fractiously — adv. in an irritated manner, crossly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fractiously — frac·tious·ly …   English syllables

  • fractious — fractiously, adv. fractiousness, n. /frak sheuhs/, adj. 1. refractory or unruly: a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness. 2. readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: an incorrigibly fractious young man. [1715 25;… …   Universalium

  • peevishly — adverb in a peevish manner • Syn: ↑querulously, ↑fractiously • Derived from adjective: ↑fractious (for: ↑fractiously), ↑querulous (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • querulously — adverb in a peevish manner (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑peevishly, ↑fractiously • Derived from adjective: ↑fractious (for: ↑fractiously), ↑querulous, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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