If you're prone to picking fights, making snarky comments, and being frustratingly stubborn, you're fractious. And odds are you're not invited to too many parties.

Someone who is fractious is cranky, rebellious and inclined to cause problems. Tempers and children are commonly described as such. In To Kill A Mockingbird, author Harper Lee uses the word to describe the trouble-making Calpurnia: "She had always been too hard on me, she had at last seen the error of her fractious ways, she was sorry and too stubborn to say so."

Definitions of fractious

adj easily irritated or annoyed

“an incorrigibly fractious young man”
cranky, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, peevish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, techy, testy, tetchy
having an irritable and unpleasant disposition

adj stubbornly resistant to authority or control

“a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness”
recalcitrant, refractory
not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

adj unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome

“rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas”
fractious components of a communication system”
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

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