Definition and Meanings for fray

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Fray is ranked 15,577 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of fray

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of fray

abbreviated from affray see 1st fray, and cf. affray cf. of. fraier. see defray, v. t.pos of. freier, fraier, froier, to rub. l. fricare; cf. friare to crumble, e. friable; perh. akin to gr. chri`ein to anoint, chri^sma an anointing, skr. gh to rub, scratch. cf. friction

Meaning of fray


as noun

  • an angry quarrel; an affray; contest; combat; broil.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to frighten; to terrify; to alarm.

as transitive verb, transitive verb

  • to bear the expense of; to defray.

as transitive verb

  • to rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head.

as intransitive verb

  • to rub.
  • to wear out or into shreads, or to suffer injury by rubbing, as when the threads of the warp or of the woof wear off so that the cross threads are loose; to ravel; as, the cloth frays badly.

as noun

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