HyperDic: fractious

English > 3 senses of the word fractious:
ADJECTIVEallfractious, refractory, recalcitrantstubbornly resistant to authority or control
allfractious, cranky, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techyeasily irritated or annoyed
allfractiousunpredictably difficult in operation
fractious > pronunciation
Soundsfrae'kshahs
Rhymesabacus ... zealous: 1164 rhymes with ahs...
English > fractious: 3 senses > adjective 1
Meaningstubbornly resistant to authority or control.
Example"a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"
Synonymsrefractory, recalcitrant
Broaderdisobedientnot obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
Spanishobstinado, refractario
Nounsfractiousnessthe trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
Adverbsfractiouslyin a fractious manner
English > fractious: 3 senses > adjective 2
Meaningeasily irritated or annoyed.
Example"an incorrigibly fractious young man"
Synonymscranky, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techy
Broaderill-naturedHaving an irritable and unpleasant disposition
Spanishirritable, malhumorado, quejica
Nounsfractiousnessthe trait of being prone to disobedience and lack of discipline
Adverbsfractiouslyin a peevish manner
English > fractious: 3 senses > adjective 3
Meaningunpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome.
Examples
  • "rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas"
  • "fractious components of a communication system"
Broaderdifficult, hardnot easy

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