Fraying



[frey] /freɪ/

noun
1.
a fight, battle, or skirmish.
Synonyms: altercation, combat, war, clash, encounter, set-to.
2.
a competition or contest, especially in sports.
Synonyms: tournament, match, meet, tourney.
3.
a noisy quarrel or brawl.
Synonyms: fight, dispute, tiff, spat, squabble; riot, fracas, tussle, rumpus.
4.
Archaic. .
verb (used with object)
5.
Archaic. to frighten.
verb (used without object)
6.
Archaic. to fight or brawl.
[frey] /freɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to wear (cloth, rope, etc.) to loose, raveled threads or fibers at the edge or end; cause to ravel out:
Our old washing machine frayed all of our towels.
Synonyms: ravel, tatter, wear out, become threadbare.
2.
to wear by rubbing (sometimes followed by through).
3.
to cause strain on (something); upset; discompose:
All that arguing is fraying my nerves.
Synonyms: irritate, stress, chafe, grate on.
4.
to rub.
verb (used without object)
5.
to wear into loose, raveled threads or fibers, as cloth; ravel out:
My sweater frayed at the elbows.
6.
to become strained or stressed:
Jealousy could be a sign that your relationship is fraying.
7.
to rub against something:
tall grass fraying against my knees.
noun
8.
a raveled or worn part, as in cloth:
frays at the toes of well-worn sneakers.
/freɪ/
noun
1.
a noisy quarrel
2.
a fight or brawl
3.
an archaic word for fright
verb (archaic)
4.
(transitive) to frighten
/freɪ/
verb
1.
to wear or cause to wear away into tatters or loose threads, esp at an edge or end
2.
to make or become strained or irritated
3.
to rub or chafe (another object) or (of two objects) to rub against one another
noun
4.
a frayed place, as in cloth
n.

mid-14c., “feeling of alarm,” shortening of affray (q.v.; see also afraid). Meaning “a brawl, a fight” is from early 15c. (but late 14c. in Anglo-Latin). Fraymaker “fighter, brawler” is an excellent word from a 1530s statute.
v.

“wear out by rubbing,” c.1400, from Middle French frayer “to rub against,” from Old French froiier “rub, scrape,” from Latin fricare “to rub, rub down” (see friction). Related: Frayed; fraying.
see: enter the lists (fray)

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Frayn

    /freɪn/ noun 1. Michael. born 1933, British playwright, novelist, and translator; his plays include The Two of Us (1970), Noises Off (1982), Copenhagen (1998), and Democracy (2004); novels include A Landing on the Sun (1991) and Spies (2002)

  • Fray-through

    [frey] /freɪ/ verb (used with object) 1. to wear (cloth, rope, etc.) to loose, raveled threads or fibers at the edge or end; cause to ravel out: Our old washing machine frayed all of our towels. Synonyms: ravel, tatter, wear out, become threadbare. 2. to wear by rubbing (sometimes followed by through). 3. to cause […]



  • Frazer

    [frey-zer] /ˈfreɪ zər/ noun 1. Sir James George, 1854–1941, Scottish anthropologist: writer of socio-anthropological studies. 2. a male given name. /ˈfreɪzə/ noun 1. Sir James George. 1854–1941, Scottish anthropologist; author of many works on primitive religion, and magic, esp The Golden Bough (1890)

  • Frazier

    [frey-zher] /ˈfreɪ ʒər/ noun 1. E(dward) Franklin, 1894–1962, U.S. sociologist. 2. Joseph William (“Joe”; “Smokin’ Joe”) 1944–2011, U.S. boxer. /ˈfreɪʒə/ noun 1. Joe. 1944–2011, US boxer: won the world heavyweight title in 1970 and was the first to beat Muhammad Ali professionally (1971)



Disclaimer: Fraying definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.