- 1(Typically of children) irritable and quarrelsome: they fight and squabble like fractious childrenMore example sentences
grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, in a (bad) mood, cantankerous, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, having got out of bed the wrong side, cross, as cross as two sticks, disagreeable, pettish; irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, curmudgeonly; crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, scratchy, crusty, splenetic, shrewish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grainedAustralian/New Zealand • informal snaky
- And I'm usually alright in the morning but by about lunchtime in the afternoon I tend to get very irritable and fractious and I'm not quite sure why.
- Suffice to say, I would not recommend this level of preparation when travelling with a fractious three-year-old and a grumpy husband.
- He was getting fractious and crabby while I was getting panicky because I knew there was something else and I couldn't remember what it was.
- 1.1(Of a group or organization) difficult to control; unruly: King Malcolm struggled to unite his fractious kingdomMore example sentences
wayward, unruly, uncontrollable, unmanageable, out of hand, obstreperous, difficult, headstrong, refractory, recalcitrant, intractable; disobedient, insubordinate, disruptive, disorderly, undisciplined, troublemaking, rebellious, mutinous, anarchic; defiant, stubborn, obstinate, contrary, wilful• archaic contumacious
- For 110 years, it has remained a fractious but unitary organization.
- He was chosen for his ability to unite the fractious coalition and for his ability to connect to people.
- A system without it could lead to division and multiple parties - and imagine the fractious problem of coalition governments.
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- ‘You should know that if you were at a convent school,’ he says, a bit fractiously.
- For all of the rhetoric about teamwork in the health professions, most work is fractiously divided.
- The council had promised a review of the rating system and had put the idea out for consultation, but when it came to the vote, it fractiously split down the middle.
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- All the fractiousness isn't surprising really.
- Day-to-day resilience is as necessary in New York as a wet suit in ice water, in part to deal with fractiousness of the city's own creation.
- For all of our fractiousness and various feints left, right and center, we are the grown up party.
late 17th century: from fraction, probably on the pattern of the pair faction, factious.