fray·​ing ˈfrā-iŋ How to pronounce fraying (audio)
: something rubbed or worn off by fraying

Examples of fraying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After machine washing the mop head, roughly 90 percent of the stains washed out with minimal fraying and loose strings. Jenna Clark, Southern Living, 19 Sep. 2023 While there was no major wear after washing, the fraying did get more pronounced (although our testers actually liked this). Erika Reals, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2023 But as a rule of thumb, work pants should usually be free of decorative rips or fraying, not made from sheer materials like chiffon or lace, and a high enough waistband so that your midriff isn’t showing. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 Cut a clothesline into pieces to fit your design, and singe the ends of each piece to prevent fraying. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2023 High-quality rugs usually have neatly finished edges that are bound or overcast to prevent fraying. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 These towels were fabricated using a combing method designed to keep them soft and fluffy after every wash while also ensuring minimal balding and fraying. Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Sep. 2023 With dog harnesses, our test took on a more daily use angle, such as exposure to rain, gnawing teeth, and checking for wear like fraying or loose strings. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2023 Other reviewers also note questionable durability, particularly with fraying of the nylon webbing. Mike Richard, Women's Health, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1637, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fraying was in 1637

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“Fraying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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