Definitions for fractiousˈfræk ʃəs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
readily angered; quarrelsome.
Origin of fractious:
fractious, refractory, recalcitrant(adj)
stubbornly resistant to authority or control
"a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"
cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techy(adj)
easily irritated or annoyed
"an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"
unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome
"rockets were much too fractious to be tested near thickly populated areas"; "fractious components of a communication system"
given to troublemaking
irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome
Origin: From fraction("discord", now obsolete) + -ous
apt to break out into a passion; apt to scold; cross; snappish; ugly; unruly; as, a fractious man; a fractious horse