To fray is defined as when something becomes worn or unraveled, especially cloth.(verb)
An example of to fray is playing with the end of a sweater while nervous.
To fray means to become irritated.(verb)
An example of to fray is drumming on the table in front of someone who dislikes that sound.
Fray is defined as a noisy struggle or fight.(noun)
An example of a fray is a family argument.
See fray in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME frai, aphetic < affrai, affray
Origin: ME fraien
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: ME fraien < OFr freier < L fricare, to rub: see friction
See fray in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English frai
Origin: , shortening of affrai; see affray.
verb frayed, fray·ing, frays verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English fraien, to wear, bruise
Origin: , from Old French fraier, to rub
Origin: , from Latin fricāre.
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