Fret Fret (fr[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fretted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fretting}.] [OE. freten to eat, consume; AS. fretan, for foretan; pref. for- + etan to eat; akin to D. vreten, OHG. frezzan, G. fressen, Sw. fr["a]ta, Goth. fra-itan. See {For}, and {Eat}, v. t.] 1. To devour. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The sow frete the child right in the cradle. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To rub; to wear away by friction; to chafe; to gall; hence, to eat away; to gnaw; as, to fret cloth; to fret a piece of gold or other metal; a worm frets the plants of a ship. [1913 Webster]

With many a curve my banks I fret. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. To impair; to wear away; to diminish. [1913 Webster]

By starts His fretted fortunes give him hope and fear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water. [1913 Webster]

5. To tease; to irritate; to vex. [1913 Webster]

Fret not thyself because of evil doers. --Ps. xxxvii. 1. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Fretted — Fret ted, p. p. & a. [From 2d {Fret}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Rubbed or worn away; chafed. [1913 Webster] 2. Agitated; vexed; worried. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fretted — Fret ted, p. p. & a. [See 5th {Fret}.] 1. Ornamented with fretwork; furnished with frets; variegated; made rough on the surface. [1913 Webster] 2. (Her.) Interlaced one with another; said of charges and ordinaries. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fretted — /fret id/, adj. ornamented or provided with frets: a fretted molding. [1375 1425; late ME; see FRET2, ED2] * * * …   Universalium

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  • fretted — fret|ted [ˈfretıd] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from Old French frete metal band, patterns cut in wood or metal ] cut or shaped into complicated patterns as decoration …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fretted — adj. corroded, eroded; vexed, irritated, anxious; adorned, decorated with ornamental patterns fret n. irritation, worry, anxiety; erosion, wearing away; area that has been eroded; ornamental design; any of the ridges of wood or metal on a… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fretted — adjective cut or shaped into complicated patterns as decoration …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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