fray
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English fraien, short for affraien to affray Date: 14th century archaic scare; also to frighten away II. noun Date: 14th century a usually disorderly or protracted fight, struggle, or dispute III. verb Etymology: Middle English fraien, from Anglo-French freier, froier to rub, from Latin fricare — more at friction Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to wear (as an edge of cloth) by or as if by rubbing ; fret b. to separate the threads at the edge of 2. strain, irritate <
tempers became a bit frayed
>
intransitive verb 1. to wear out or into shreds 2. to show signs of strain <
fraying nerves
>
IV. noun Date: 1630 a raveled place or worn spot (as on fabric)

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