Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
The definition of restive is someone who feels nervous when criticized or controlled, or a person or animal that stubbornly refuses to move forward.
Holding firmly to some purpose, belief, or action, often stubbornly or obstinately
Inclined to find fault; complaining
Inclined to complain
Involving interchange; reciprocal.
The definition of obstinate is extremely stubborn and determined to have your own way.
In an ill humor; bad-tempered; peevish
Feeling or showing anger; incensed or enraged:
Having a peevish disposition; surly.
Difficult to handle:
That can burn, eat away, or destroy tissue by chemical action; corrosive
Having or showing a quick temper or irascible nature
Involving or causing contention; controversial:
Critical is defined as someone who tends to make judgments and find fault with others.
Capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse.
Rough and outspoken; not patient, kindly, or refined
Of or pertaining to discontent.
The definition of fractious is someone who is bad tempered, or someone or something that is difficult to control.
Feeling or showing a lack of patience
Characterized by or resulting from anger.
(Slang) Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome:
Mean-spirited, disagreeable, and contrary in disposition; cantankerous.
Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
Affected or marked by ill humor or irritability.
Gloomy; dismal; sad; depressing
(Obsolete) Arrogant; domineering.
Irritable; touchy; peevish
In a bad-tempered or sulky mood; grumpy
Surly and peevish; cranky.
Having a bad temper; irritable.
The definition of nasty is something that is very dirty, unpleasant or offensive.
The definition of morose is having a gloomy attitude or character.
Deviating from what is considered right or good; wrong, improper, etc. or corrupt, wicked, etc.; specif., sexually perverted
In bad humor
Strangles, a disease of horses
Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.
(Informal) Rapid and without delay.
Ill-natured; crossgrained; quarrelsome.
Having or showing a bad temper
(Chiefly Brit.) Somewhat hungry
Marked by or consisting of scratches:
Difficult to understand; complicated.
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