Definitions of fret

  1. become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  2. cause friction; " my sweater scratches"
  3. be too tight; rub or press; " This neckband is choking the cat"
  4. wear away or erode
  5. a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch
  6. agitation resulting from active worry; " don't get in a stew"; " he's in a sweat about exams"
  7. decorate with an interlaced design
  8. carve a pattern into
  9. cause annoyance in
  10. an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines ( often in relief); " there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
  11. a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
  12. be agitated or irritated; " don't fret over these small details"
  13. gnaw into; make resentful or angry; " The unjustice rankled her"; " his resentment festered"
  14. worry unnecessarily or excessively; " don't fuss too much over the grandchildren-- they are quite big now"
  15. provide ( a musical instrument) with frets; " fret a guitar"
  16. To devour.
  17. 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.
  18. To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water.
  19. To tease; to irritate; to vex.
  20. To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges.
  21. To eat in; to make way by corrosion.
  22. To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as, rancor frets in the malignant breast.
  23. To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions.
  24. The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water.
  25. Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret.
  26. Herpes; tetter.
  27. The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the locality of the veins.
  28. To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify.
  29. Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork.
  30. An ornament consisting of smmall fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at obilique angles, as often in Oriental art.
  31. The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair.
  32. A saltire interlaced with a mascle.
  33. A short piece of wire, or other material fixed across the finger board of a guitar or a similar instrument, to indicate where the finger is to be placed.
  34. To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
  35. To wear away by friction or by rubbing; injure by rubbing; agitate; vex; irritate; make rough on the surface; ornament with raised or interlaced work.
  36. To be worn away by friction or corrosion; be agitated or irritated; utter peevish complaints.
  37. An ornament formed by small bands crossing each other at right angles; perforated or interlaced ornamental work; chafing or irritation; a small ridge or bar on the keyboard of certain stringed instruments, such as the guitar.
  38. Fretted.
  39. Fretting.
  40. To wear away by rubbing: to eat into: to vex.
  41. To wear away: to vex one's self: to be peevish:- pr. p. fretting; pa. p. fretted.
  42. Agitation of the surface of a liquid: irritation: ill- humor.
  43. Pa. p. of FRET, to wear away.
  44. The worn side of the bank of a river.
  45. To ornament with raised- work: to variegate:- pr. p. fretting; pa. p. fretted.
  46. The interlacing of bars or fillets of iron: ( arch.) an ornament consisting of small fillets intersecting each other at right angles: ( her.) bars crossed and interlaced.
  47. A short wire on the fingerboard of a guitar or other instrument.
  48. To furnish with frets.
  49. Irritation; worry.
  50. To corrode; chafe; vex.
  51. To ornament with raised work.
  52. To wear away; be peevish or unhappy.
  53. To wear or eat away; irritate; worry; vex; agitate.
  54. To be worn away.
  55. To complain; be agitated.
  56. To ornament as with fretwork.
  57. The act of fretting; irritation; agitation.
  58. Ornament in relief. fretwork.
  59. A bar on a musical instrument, as a guitar, against which the strings may be stopped.
  60. Agitation of the surface of a fluid; a rippling on the surface; irritation; vexation; the worn side of a river bank; a chafing of the skin; herpes; an ornament consisting of small fillets intersecting each other at right angles; a short wire fixed on the finger- board of guitars, & c, under and at right angles to the strings; bars crossed and interlaced.
  61. To wear away by friction; to wear away, so as to impair; to eat into; to irritate; to chafe; to gall; to agitate; to make rough; to cause to ripple; to form into or ornament with raised work; to variegate; to provide with frets.
  62. To be worn away; to eat or wear into; to be agitated; to be chafed or irritated; to utter peevish expressions.
  63. To wear away by rubbing; to be peevish and irritable; to be vexed; to irritate; to vex: to make rough on the surface.
  64. Agitation of mind.
  65. Ornamented work in embroidery or carving.
  66. In her. and arch., to ornament by interlacing bars or fillets.
  67. Small bands or fillets interlacing each other at right angles.

Usage examples for fret

  1. I understand that, and should not fret at it. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  2. If there were hope, I might fret under the misery. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  3. He could not keep still, but was always on the fret to be doing something. – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  4. " Don't you fret yourself, Mary Rose," she said with her lips against Mary Rose's tear- stained face. – Mary Rose of Mifflin by Frances R. Sterrett
  5. If so, why should she fret herself for his sake? – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  6. And when they put on you, you have no call to fret. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  7. So long as you aren't sure of it, you would better not fret about it, my dear friend. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  8. Don' yu never fret about that," I says. – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  9. If the weather is cold don't scold, If the weather is wet don't fret, If the weather is warm don't storm, If the weather is dry don't cry; But be cheerful together, whatever the weather. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  10. There are men who fret, there are men who dream, men making the best of it, But whether it's hunger or death they face, Or burning thirst in a desert place, There is always one, by the good Lord's grace, Who is making a jest of it. – The Path to Home by Edgar A. Guest
  11. Don't fret, lad, we're workin' the best we know how, an' have been these four days, though not allers on the right track. – Down the Slope by James Otis
  12. She had never met a more contented soul or a franker disposition, and she could well understand how much it must fret and gall such a man to live on,- day after day, appearing, in one respect at any rate, different from what he really was. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  13. Be patient, and don't fret, that is my advice, or you won't live long here." – How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley
  14. Night, and he traveled with Ba'tiste to his cabin, only to fret nervously about the place and at last to strike out once more, on foot, for the lumber camp. – The White Desert by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  15. She's only a girl herself, but we promised to mind her so mamma could go, and not fret about us all the time, and we're trying hard to keep our promise. – Tabitha's Vacation by Ruth Alberta Brown
  16. When I die they'll put on my poor little grave- She's buried here- that hizzie Betty; She did na gude- so don't ee fret ye! – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. Good- by; and, above all, do not fret until you know that you really have a cause for it. – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  18. In the meantime, don't fret about Hobbs; I'll answer for Hobbs. – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance