fretful

Someone who's fretful can't relax. You might be fretful — upset and fidgety — if you're waiting to hear whether or not you've been accepted into a competitive summer music program.

You may be fretful because you're worried about a friend, you're waiting for news, you're incredibly irritated with your little brother, or simply because you're an anxious and restless person. The word at the heart of fretful is fret, a verb meaning "worry" which is rooted in the Old English fretan, "to eat or devour." From this, fret grew to mean "being eaten away by worry."

Primary Meanings of fretful

1.
adj
nervous and unable to relax
2.
adj
habitually complaining
Full Definitions of fretful
1

adj nervous and unable to relax

“a constant fretful stamping of hooves”
Synonyms:
antsy, fidgety, itchy
tense
in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
2

adj habitually complaining

Synonyms:
querulous, whiney, whiny
complaining, complaintive
expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment