Synonyms of fractious in English:


See definition of fractious


1‘they fight and squabble like fractious children’


grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, in a mood, 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-grained

informal snappish, snappy, chippy, on a short fuse, short-fused

British informal shirty, stroppy, narky, ratty, eggy, like a bear with a sore head

North American informal cranky, ornery, peckish, soreheaded

NZ Australian informal snaky

informal, dated waxy, miffy


contented, affable

2‘the National Olympic Committee has to hold its fractious members together’


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