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fraught

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noun \ˈfrȯḵt\

Definition of fraught

chiefly Scottish

  1. :  load, cargo



Origin of fraught

Middle English, freight, load, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht


First Known Use: 14th century


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fraught

verb,

Definition of fraught

fraughted or fraughtfraughting

chiefly Scottish

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  load, freight



Origin of fraught

Middle English fraughten, from 1fraught


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with fraught


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fraught

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adjective \ˈfrȯt\

Simple Definition of fraught

  • : causing or having a lot of emotional stress or worry

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fraught

  1. 1 archaic a :  laden b :  well supplied or provided

  2. 2 :  full of or accompanied by something specified —used with with <a situation fraught with danger>

  3. 3 :  causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension :  uneasy <a fraught relationship>

Examples of fraught in a sentence

  1. <every room in my childhood home is fraught with memories>

  2. <had a fraught meeting with his estranged wife to discuss a divorce settlement>



Did You Know?

The drowmound was so hevy fraught / That unethe myght it saylen aught. That verse, from the 14th-century poem "Richard Coer de Lion," says that a large ship (a dromond) was so heavily loaded that it could barely sail. That's the first instance we have on record of the adjective "fraught." The word came to Middle English from the Middle Dutch or Middle Low German noun vracht, which meant "load" and which is also the source of the word freight. Middle English also possessed a noun "fraught" that meant "load" and a verb "fraughten" that meant "to load" (meanings still retained in Scottish English by "fraught," the verb and noun). For centuries, "fraught" continued to be used only of loaded ships, but its use was eventually broadened.

Origin of fraught

Middle English, from past participle of fraughten


First Known Use: 14th century



FRAUGHT Defined for Kids

fraught

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adjective \ˈfrȯt\

Definition of fraught for Students

  1. :  full of some quality <The situation is fraught with danger.>





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