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fray

play
verb \ ˈfrā \

Definition of fray

transitive verb
archaic
:scare; also :to frighten away

Origin and Etymology of fray

Middle English fraien, short for affraien to affray


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fray

noun

Definition of fray

:a usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute
  • Fighting there could easily draw neighboring nations into the fray.
  • —Blaine Harden
  • … the patrician statesman who stood above the fray.
  • —Richard D. Hylton

Origin and Etymology of fray

see 1fray


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fray

verb

Definition of fray

transitive verb
1 a :to wear (something, such 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 and Etymology of fray

Middle English fraien, from Anglo-French freier, froier to rub, from Latin fricare — more at friction


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fray

noun

Definition of fray

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

First Known Use of fray

1630



FRAY Defined for Kids

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fray

play
noun \ ˈfrā \

Definition of fray for Students


2

fray

verb

Definition of fray for Students

frayed; fraying
:to wear into shreds


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