frayed

adjective \ ˈfrād \

Definition of frayed

1 : worn or shredded at the ends or edges
  • frayed jeans
  • A long line of scared-looking first years entered, led by Professor McGonagall, who was carrying a stool on which sat an ancient wizard's hat, heavily patched and darned with a wide rip near the frayed brim.
  • —J. K. Rowling
2 : damaged, weakened, or worn down by strain or irritation
  • frayed nerves/tempers
  • He vanished underground for a time, and when he reappeared he had retired from pimping. But he was still dealing drugs, and in his frayed state he was losing his half-step edge on the law.
  • —Peter Goldman
  • The draconian measures drew widespread condemnation in Europe and further strained the already frayed relations between Pretoria and Washington …
  • —Mark Whitaker

First Known Use of frayed

1815

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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