- The definition of a fret is a worry or an annoyance.
An example of fret is the fear of living by one's self for the first time.
- Fret is defined as to feel worry or annoyance about something.
An example of fret is to fear a move into college.
A woman fretting about something.
transitive verbfretted, fretting
- to eat away; gnaw
- to wear away by gnawing, rubbing, corroding, etc.
- to make or form by wearing away
- to make rough; disturb: wind fretting the water
- to irritate; vex; annoy; worry
Origin of fretMiddle English freten ; from Old English fretan, to devour, akin to German fressen, Gothic fra-itan ; from Germanic prefix an unverified form fra- (OE for-: see for-) + an unverified form itan, to eat (OE etan: see eat)
- to gnaw (into, on, or upon)
- to become eaten, corroded, worn, frayed, etc.
- to become rough or disturbed
- to be irritated, annoyed, or querulous; worry
- a wearing away
- a worn place
- irritation; worry
- an ornamental net or network, esp. one formerly worn by women as a headdress
- an ornamental pattern of small, straight bars intersecting or joining one another, usually at right angles, to form a regular design, as for a border or in an architectural relief
Origin of fretMiddle English frette, probably merging of Old French frete (Fr frette), interlaced work, with Old English frætwa, ornament (from source uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French frete)
Origin of fretOld French frette, a band, ferrule
verbfret·ted, fret·ting, frets
- To be vexed or troubled; worry. See Synonyms at brood.
- To be worn or eaten away; become corroded.
- To move agitatedly.
- To gnaw with the teeth in the manner of a rodent.
- To cause to be uneasy; vex: “fret thy soul with crosses and with cares” (Edmund Spenser).
- a. To gnaw or wear away; erode.b. To produce a hole or worn spot in; corrode.
- To form (a passage or channel) by erosion.
- To disturb the surface of (water or a stream); agitate.
- The act or an instance of fretting.
- A hole or worn spot made by abrasion or erosion.
- Irritation of mind; agitation.
Origin of fretMiddle English freten, from Old English fretan, to devour; see ed- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbfret·ted, fret·ting, frets
- To provide with frets.
- To press (the strings of an instrument) against the frets.
Origin of fretOrigin unknown.
on the neck of an
- An ornamental design consisting of repeated and symmetrical geometric figures, often in relief, contained within a band or border. Also called key pattern.
- A headdress, worn by women of the Middle Ages, consisting of interlaced wire.
transitive verbfret·ted, fret·ting, frets
Origin of fretMiddle English, interlaced work, from Old French frete.
(third-person singular simple present frets, present participle fretting, simple past fretted, fret, freet or frate, past participle fretted or fretten (usually in compounds))
- Many wheals arose, and fretted one into another with great excoriation.
- (intransitive) To gnaw, consume, eat away.
- (intransitive) To be worn away; to chafe; to fray.
- A wristband frets on the edges.
- To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork.
- To chafe or irritate; to worry.
- (intransitive) To worry or be anxious.
- To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
- To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple.
- to fret the surface of water
- To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle.
- Rancour frets in the malignant breast.
- (music) To press down the string behind a fret.
- To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
- The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
- Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation.
- He keeps his mind in a continual fret.
- Herpes; tetter.
- (mining, in the plural) The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the locality of the veins.
From Middle English freten, from Old English fretan (“to eat up, devour”), from Proto-Germanic *fraetaną (“to devour”), corresponding to for- + eat. Cognate with Dutch vreten, fretten (“to devour, hog, wolf”), Low German freten (“to eat up”), German fressen (“to devour, gobble up, guzzle”), Danish fråse (“to gorge”), Swedish fräta (“to eat away, corrode, fret”), Gothic (fraitan), - (fra-itan, “to devour”).
Middle English < Old French, from the verb freter, probably from the Latin frictō, frequentive of fricō (“I rub”). See friction.
- A strait; channel.