Synonyms and related words:
adversary, adversative, adverse, alien, antagonistic, anti, antipathetic, antithetic, at odds, averse, bearish, beyond control, bitchy, breachy, cankered, cantankerous, churlish, clashing, competitive, complaining, con, conflicting, contradictory, contrary, contumacious, counter, crabbed, cranky, cross, cross-grained, crusty, cursory, cussed, defiant, differing, disaccordant, disagreeable, disagreeing, disinclined, disobedient, disputatious, disputing, dissentient, dissenting, enemy, excitable, feisty, forced, fretful, hostile, huffish, huffy, impatient of control, incorrigible, indisposed, indocile, indomitable, inimical, insuppressible, intractable, involuntary, irascible, irrepressible, irritable, mean, mutinous, negative, noncooperative, objecting, obstinate, obstreperous, obstructive, on the barricades, opponent, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppositive, oppugnant, ornery, out of hand, overthwart, peevish, perfunctory, perverse, pettish, petulant, proof against, protesting, querulous, rebellious, recalcitrant, refractory, reluctant, renitent, repellent, repugnant, resistant, resisting, resistive, restive, retardant, retardative, rival, shrewish, snappish, spiteful, spleeny, splenetic, sulky, sullen, testy, ugly, unbiddable, unconsenting, uncontrollable, uncooperative, undisciplined, unfavorable, unfriendly, ungovernable, unmalleable, unmanageable, unmoldable, unpropitious, unruly, unsubmissive, unwilling, unyielding, up in arms, waspish, wild, withstanding

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  • 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: Snappish;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fractious — I adjective apt to quarrel, bad tempered, bearish, bickering, cantankerous, captious, carping, caviling, choleric, churlish, complaining, contentious, contrary, crabby, cranky, cross, cross grained, crusty, difficilis, difficult, disposed to… …   Law dictionary

  • fractious — 1725, from FRACTION (Cf. fraction) in an obsolete sense of a brawling, discord (c.1500) + OUS (Cf. ous); probably on model of captious. Related: Fractiously; fractiousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • fractious — *irritable, peevish, snappish, waspish, petulant, pettish, huffy, fretful, querulous Analogous words: *unruly, refractory, recalcitrant, ungovernable, intractable, willful: perverse, Contrary, froward, restive, wayward Contrasted words:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fractious — [adj] grouchy, cross awkward, captious, crabby*, disorderly, fretful, froward, huffy*, indocile, indomitable, intractable, irritable, mean, ornery*, peevish, perverse, pettish, petulant, querulous, recalcitrant, refractory, restive, scrappy,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • fractious — [frak′shəs] adj. [prob. < FRACTION (in obs. sense “discord”) + OUS] 1. hard to manage; unruly; rebellious; refractory 2. peevish; irritable; cross fractiously adv. fractiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • fractious — [[t]fræ̱kʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as fractious, you disapprove of them because they become upset or angry very quickly about small unimportant things. ...fractious national movements. a fractious mood... The …   English dictionary

  • fractious — factious, factitious, fractious Factious means ‘characterized by faction or dissension’, as in factious quarrelling, whereas factitious means ‘contrived, artificial’, as in factitious reasoning; both words are related to Latin facere ‘to do’ but… …   Modern English usage

  • fractious — frac|tious [ˈfrækʃəs] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: fraction lack of agreement (16 18 centuries)] someone who is fractious becomes angry very easily = ↑irritable ▪ Children become fractious when they are tired. fractious baby/child etc… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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

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