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fray

play
verb \ˈfrā\

Definition of fray

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  scare; also :  to frighten away



Origin of fray

Middle English fraien, short for affraien to affray


First Known Use: 14th century


2

fray

noun

Definition of fray

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



14th Century

First Known Use of fray

14th century


3

fray

verb

Definition of fray

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  strain, irritate <tempers became a bit frayed>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to wear out or into shreds

  6. 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


4

fray

noun

Definition of fray

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



1630

First Known Use of fray

1630



FRAY Defined for Kids

1

fray

play
noun \ˈfrā\

Definition of fray

  1. :  2fight 1, brawl




2

fray

play
verb

Definition of fray

frayedfray·ing

  1. :  to wear into shreds





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