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fray

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verb \ˈfrā\

Definition of fray

archaic

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

Origin and Etymology of fray

Middle English fraien, short for affraien to affray


First Known Use: 14th century


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fray

noun

Definition of fray

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 14th century


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fray

verb

Definition of fray

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to wear (as an edge of cloth) by or as if by rubbing :  fretb :  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 and Etymology of fray

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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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 for Students

  1. :  2fight 1, brawl


2

fray

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verb

Definition of fray for Students

frayed

;

fraying

  1. :  to wear into shreds



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