- The definition of fraught is filled with.
An example of fraught is a mystery story filled with plots and subplots.
- filled, charged, or loaded (with): a life fraught with hardship
- emotional, tense, anxious, distressing, etc.
Origin: Middle English fraught, past participle of fraughten, to freight ; from Middle Dutch vrachten ; from vracht, a load ; from Germanic an unverified form fraaichtiz ; from an unverified form fra- (akin to for) plush an unverified form aig-, to have from source Gothic aigan, owe
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- Filled with a specified element or elements; charged: an incident fraught with danger; an evening fraught with high drama.
- Marked by or causing distress; emotional: “an account of a fraught mother-daughter relationship” (Francesca Simon).
Origin: Middle English, past participle of fraughten, to load, from fraght, cargo; see freight, and from Middle Dutch vrachten, to load (from vracht, freight; see aik- in Indo-European roots).