Definition of fraught
- a situation fraught with danger
- The paper was poorly researched and is fraught with errors.
- a fraught relationship
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every room in my childhood home is fraught with memories
had a fraught meeting with his estranged wife to discuss a divorce settlement
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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.
: causing or having a lot of emotional stress or worry
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