Synonyms of fractious in English:


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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 on 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
Australian, New Zealand 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