Variant of fret
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