\ ˈfrāt, ˈfrēt\
plural -s

Definition of freit

1 chiefly Scottish : a superstitious observance or idea an idle freit
2 chiefly Scottish : a saying or saw conveying a superstition an old freit about the weather
3 chiefly Scottish : an omen especially of misfortune

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History and Etymology for freit

Middle English frete divination, from Old Norse frētt news, inquiry; akin to Old Norse fregna to inquire, find out

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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