fray


1fray

transitive verb \ˈfrā\

Definition of FRAY

archaic
:  scare; also :  to frighten away

Origin of FRAY

Middle English fraien, short for affraien to affray
First Known Use: 14th century

2fray

noun

Definition of FRAY

:  a usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute

First Known Use of FRAY

14th century

3fray

verb

Definition of FRAY

transitive verb
1
a :  to wear (as an edge of cloth) by or as if by rubbing :  fret
b :  to separate the threads at the edge of
2
:  strain, irritate <tempers became a bit frayed>
intransitive verb
1
:  to wear out or into shreds
2
:  to show signs of strain <fraying nerves>

Origin of FRAY

Middle English fraien, from Anglo-French freier, froier to rub, from Latin fricare — more at friction
First Known Use: 15th century

4fray

noun

Definition of FRAY

:  a raveled place or worn spot (as on fabric)

First Known Use of FRAY

1630

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