Fray Fray, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frayed} (fr[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fraying}.] [See 1st {Fray}, and cf. {Affray}.] To frighten; to terrify; to alarm. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed? --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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