Synonyms & Antonyms of fret

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1 to consume or wear away gradually
  • over the span of thousands of years, the annual spring runoff fretted the rock, forming a deep channel

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2 to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • don't let the girth fret the horse's belly or you won't be able to ride him

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3 to experience concern or anxiety
  • don't fret over whether it will be sunny tomorrow, as there's nothing we can do about it

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4 to make sore by continued rubbing
  • the stiff, starchy collar was fretting my neck, and I couldn't wait to change out of that costume

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Synonyms of fret (Entry 2 of 2)

a state of nervous or irritated concern
  • one of my customers always gets into a fret if I'm so much as 15 minutes late delivering his newspaper

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The first known use of fret was in the 12th century

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“Fret.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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