- 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 of fraughtMiddle 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) + an unverified form aig-, to have from source Gothic aigan, owe
- 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 of fraughtMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present fraughts, present participle fraughting, simple past and past participle fraughted)
- (obsolete except in past participle) To load (a ship, cargo etc.).
(comparative more fraught, superlative most fraught)
From Middle English, from Middle Dutch vracht or Middle Low German vracht (“freight money”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fra- (intensive prefix) + Proto-Germanic *aihtiz (“possession”), from Proto-Indo-European *eik'- (“to possess”). Cognate with Old High German frēht (“earnings”), Old English ǣht (“owndom”). More at for-, own.