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fret

noun

  1. (agitation)  agitation resulting from active worry
    Synonyms: lather, stew, sweat, swither. Type of: agitation
  2. (spot)  a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
    Synonyms: worn spot. Type of: spot
  3. (architectural ornament)  an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
    Synonyms: Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern. Type of: architectural ornament
  4. (bar)  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
    Type of: bar

verb

  1. (fuss)  to worry unnecessarily or excessively
    Synonyms: fuss, niggle. Type of: worry
  2. (be agitated, irritated)  to be agitated or irritated
    Type of: worry
  3. (supply)  to provide (a musical instrument) with frets
    Type of: supply
  4. (gall)  to become or make sore by, or as if by, rubbing
    Synonyms: chafe, gall. Type of: irritate
  5. (cause annoyance in)  to cause annoyance in
    Type of: annoy
  6. (eat into)  to gnaw into; to make resentful or angry
    Synonyms: eat into, grate, rankle. Type of: annoy
  7. (handicraft)  to carve a pattern into
    Topic: handicraft. Type of: carve
  8. (decorate)  to decorate with an interlaced design
    Type of: decorate
  9. (compress)  to be too tight; to rub or press
    Synonyms: choke, gag. Type of: compress
  10. (touch)  to cause friction
    Synonyms: chafe, fray, rub, scratch. Type of: touch
  11. (damage)  to remove soil or rock
    Synonyms: eat away, erode, erode away. Type of: damage
  12. (corrode)  to wear away or erode
    Synonyms: eat away. Type of: corrode

Etymology summary

[verb] "be peevish or worried", from Old English fretan "eat, ... | [noun]...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Fret

a raised element on the neck of a stringed instrument. Frets usually extend across the full width of the neck. On most modern western fretted instruments, frets are metal strips inserted into the fingerboard. On some historical instruments and ... (39 of 1450 words, 2 images)

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Fret (disambiguation)

a raised portion on the neck of a stringed instrument. Fret or FRET may also refer to: in architecture, a repeated geometric ornament, forming a frieze; especially: an ancient Greek motif, also called meander | similar to the above, but metallic and ... (41 of 146 words, 8 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

fret [art and architecture] | key pattern [synonym]

in decorative art and architecture, any one of several types of running or repeated ornament, consisting of lengths of straight lines or narrow bands, ... (24 of 327 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/219828​/fret

American Heritage Dictionary:

fret | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present] | key pattern [sense-specific]

To cause to be uneasy; vex | To gnaw or wear away; erode. | To produce a hole or worn spot in; corrode. | To form (a passage or channel) by erosion. | ... (29 of 240 words, 18 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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New World Dictionary:

fret | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | fretter [noun, related] | fretless [adjective, related]

to eat away; gnaw | to wear away by gnawing, rubbing, corroding, etc. | to make or form by wearing away | to make rough; disturb | to irritate; vex; ... (26 of 224 words, 18 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Merriam-Webster:

fret [entry 1, verb] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | vex [synonym, sense-specific] | agitate [synonym, sense-specific] | grate [synonym, sense-specific] | wear [synonym, sense-specific] | corrode [synonym, sense-specific] | rub [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to eat or gnaw into; "corrode" ; also, "fray" ; "rub", "chafe" ; to make by wearing away a substance | to cause to suffer emotional strain; "vex" | to ... (28 of 138 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fret

fret [entry 2, noun] | irritation [synonym, sense-specific] | erosion [synonym, sense-specific]

the action of wearing away; "erosion" ; a worn or eroded spot | an agitation of mind; "irritation" (17 of 35 words, 2 definitions)

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fret [entry 3, verb] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

to decorate with interlaced designs ; to form a pattern upon | to enrich with embossed or pierced carved patterns (19 of 62 words, 2 definitions)

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fret [entry 4, noun]

an ornamental network ; especially, a medieval metallic or jeweled net for a woman's headdress | an ornament or ornamental work often in relief ... (23 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 1 image)

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fret [entry 5, noun] | fretless [adjective, related] | fretted [adjective, related]

one of a series of ridges fixed across the fingerboard of a stringed musical instrument (as a guitar) (18 of 42 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fret show=4

fret [entry 6, verb] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

to press (the strings of a stringed instrument) against the frets (11 of 23 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

fret | sea fret [sense-specific] | worry [synonym, sense-specific] | corrode [synonym, sense-specific] | scab [synonym, sense-specific] | erode [synonym, sense-specific] | corrosion [synonym, sense-specific] | fretwork [synonym, sense-specific] | fretless [adjective, derived]

to distress or be distressed; worry | to rub or wear away | to irritate or be irritated; feel or give annoyance or vexation | to eat away or be eaten ... (28 of 735 words, 16 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fret

Random House Dictionary:

fret | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent, or the like. | to cause corrosion; gnaw into something. | to make a way by gnawing, corrosion, ... (23 of 295 words, 19 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/fret

Oxford Dictionary:

fret [entry 1] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

be constantly or visibly anxious | cause anxiety to | gradually wear away (something) by rubbing or gnawing | form (a channel or passage) by rubbing ... (23 of 148 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fret

fret [entry 2] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

[art, architecture] : a repeating ornamental design of vertical and horizontal lines, such as the Greek key pattern. | [heraldry] : a device of narrow ... (24 of 89 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fret--2

fret [entry 3] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present] | fretless [derived]

each of a sequence of ridges on the fingerboard of some stringed musical ... | (often as adjective "fretted") : provide (a stringed instrument) with ... (24 of 98 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fret--3

fret [entry 4] | sea fret

Entry from World dictionary | [northern England] | a mist coming in off the sea; a sea fog. (16 of 54 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/fret--4

fret [entry 4, northern England] | sea fret

a mist coming in off the sea; a sea fog (10 of 49 words, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

fret | frets [plural] | fretted [past tense] | freet [past tense] | frate [past tense] | fretten [compounds, past participle] | fretting [present participle] | eat [synonym, sense-specific] | channel [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive, obsolete/poetic] To devour, consume; eat. | [transitive, intransitive] To gnaw, consume, eat away. | [transitive] To cut through with fretsaw, create fretwork. | [transitive] To chafe or irritate; to worry. | [intransitive] To worry or be ... (33 of 108 words, 10 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

fret [entry 1] | -tt- [past tense]

to be nervous or worried (5 of 27 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fret 1

fret [entry 2] | fretted [adjective, derived]

any of the small raised metal bars across the long thin part of a stringed musical instrument such as a guitar, that show you where to put your ... (28 of 54 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fret 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fret [countable, music, noun] | frets [plural]

one of the raised lines across the narrow part of a guitar where you put your fingers to play the different notes (22 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fret 7

fret [intransitive] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

to worry about something continuously (5 of 47 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fret

Encarta Dictionary:

fret [entry 1] | frets [plural] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

to be worried, irritated, or agitated about something, or cause somebody to be so | to wear away or corrode the surface of something, or become worn ... (26 of 147 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613527​/definition​.html  [offline]

fret [entry 2] | frets [plural]

a small ridge of a set placed across the fingerboard of a stringed instrument such as a guitar or sitar, indicating the position in which to place the ... (28 of 56 words, pronunciation)

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fret [entry 3] | frets [plural]

a pattern of repeated geometric figures, usually consisting of straight lines, used as an ornament or in an ornamental border (20 of 46 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613528​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

fret

First use: early 12th century

Origin: [verb] "be peevish or worried", from Old English fretan "eat, ... | [noun] "ornamental interlaced pattern", late 14th century, from Old French ... (24 of 151 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=fret

Wiktionary:

fret | frets [plural] | fretted [past tense] | freet [past tense] | frate [past tense] | fretten [compounds, past participle] | fretting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English freten, from Old English fretan ("to eat up, devour"), from Proto-Germanic *fraetaną ("to ... | Unknown | Latin fretum ("strait, channel") (21 of 65 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

fret | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English freten from Old English fretan, to devour, ... | Middle English frette, probably merging of Old French frete ... (19 of 62 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

fret

First use: 14th century | 16th century

Origin: Old English fretan to eat; related to Old High German frezzan, Gothic fraitan, Latin peredere | from Old French ... (22 of 36 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fret

American Heritage Dictionary:

fret | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English freten, from Old English fretan, to devour; see ed- in Indo-European roots. | unknown | Middle English, ... (17 of 23 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

fret [entry 1, verb] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Middle English, to devour, fret, from Old English fretan to devour; akin to Old High German frezzan to devour, ezzan to eat

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fret

fret [entry 3, verb] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, back-formation from fret, fretted adorned, interwoven, from Anglo-French fretté, past participle of ... (16 of 28 etymology words)

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fret [entry 5, noun]

First use: about 1500

Origin: perhaps from Middle French frete ferrule, from freter

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Oxford Dictionary:

fret [entry 1] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English fretan "devour, consume", of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vreten and German fressen, and ultimately to "for-" and "eat"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fret

fret [entry 2] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French frete "trelliswork" and freter (verb), of unknown origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fret--2

fret [entry 3] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

First use: early 16th century

Origin: unknown

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fret [entry 4] | sea fret

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: unknown

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Encarta Dictionary:

fret [entry 1] | frets [plural] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

Origin: Old English fretan "devour" from Germanic, "eat up"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613527​/definition​.html  [offline]

fret [entry 3] | frets [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French frete "trellis"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613528​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

fret

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fret"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fret

Cambridge Dictionary:

fret [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "fret"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "fret"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fret 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fret [countable, music, noun] | frets [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fret"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fret 7

fret [intransitive] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fret"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fret

Macmillan American Dictionary:

fret [countable, music, noun] | frets [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fret"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/fret 7

fret [intransitive] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle] | frets [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fret"

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the Free Dictionary:

fret

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "fret"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "fret"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "fret" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

fret | frets [plural] | fretted [past tense] | fretting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "fret"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fret

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fret"

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YourDictionary Audio:

fret

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fret" by speech synthesizer

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