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fractious

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Definition easily upset and annoyed; or tending to fight and difficult to control
  • The fractious members are trying to agree on a policy.
fractious = easily upset and annoyed; or tending to fight and difficult to control
  • The baby's awful fractious, and I'm clean worn out attending to him.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness
  • It was the same thing Tom had done when he rode a drunken cowboy's fractious horse in the dusty street of Bayfield to win a dollar.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • fractious = easily upset and annoyed; or tending to fight and difficult to control
  • Five or six more men left the porch and surrounded the fractious beast, goosing him in the sides and making him show his temper.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • fractious = easily upset and annoyed; or tending to fight and difficult to control
  • She fractious, you know.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • fractious = easily upset and annoyed; or tending to fight and difficult to control
  • He rode the horse out into the noon traffic and the horse was fractious and scared and it skittered about in the street and kicked a great dish into the side of a bus to the delight of the passengers who leaned out and called challenges from the safety of the windows.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • fractious = easily upset and resistant to control
  • an incorrigibly fractious young man
  • Then Thuvia was lifted to the least fractious thoat, Xodar and Carthoris mounted two others, and we set out at a rapid pace toward the east.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Gods of Mars
  • Omer, 'to keep a fractious old lady company, they didn't very well agree, and she didn't stop.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • I never see Uncle Silas speak up so sharp and fractious before.
    Twain, Mark  --  Tom Sawyer Detective
  • fractious components of a communication system
  • rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas
  • Attolia, surrounded by her fractious barons, continued to be formal and remote.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The leaders were tired and acting fractious.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • One thing troubled her upon that perfect day, that Jennifer was cutting her first tooth, and was hot and fractious.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • There was nothing wavering in it; no little trick to catch a transitory approbation from the discontented, or to soothe the fractious.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Prusias might have been king, but it seemed his kingdom comprised a somewhat fractious confederacy, where alliances shifted like the sand.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • She was still too heavy with sleep to sound really fractious, but it was apparent that she felt there was some kind of injustice in the air.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • That is a fractious team for mortal men to master!
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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