Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Fractious'
- stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child" [syn: refractory]
- easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen" [syn: cranky, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, testy, tetchy, techy]
- unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome; "rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thigkly populated areas"; "fractious components of a communication system"
- 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
Syn: Snappish; peevish; waspish; cross; irritable; perverse;
pettish. -- Frac"tious*ly, v. -- Frac"tious*ness, n.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Fractious'
A pet peeve (or pet hate) is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her, to a greater degree than others may find it.
Its first usage was around 1919.
Pet peeves often involve specific behaviors of someone close, such as a spouse or significant other.
A key aspect of a pet peeve is that it may well seem acceptable to others. For example, a supervisor may have a pet peeve about people leaving the lid on the copier up and react angrily, be annoyed when others interrupt when speaking, or by messy desks of his or her subordinates. That same supervisor may witness employees coming into work late, and not feel any annoyance whatsoever.[See more about Fractious at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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