irritable and complaining: irritable and likely to complain or misbehave
[Late 17th century. < fraction]
fractious. Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2009 Microsoft Corporation. http://encarta.msn.com/dictionary_/fractious.html (accessed: July 31, 2009).
Bob hated when people came to his door; they were always so fractious, complaining about this and that, hopping angrily up and down. Perhaps it was time Bob removed the caltrops, spring loaded spikes and other solicitor deterrents from his front path.