Meaning of fret

fret




When you fret, you worry so much about something that it eats away at you. Many people fret about taking standardized tests, but really, they’re nothing to sweat.

Fret comes from the Old English word freton which means to devour like an animal. When you fret over something, it consumes your thoughts. If you tell your mother to not fret about you while you’re at a sleepover camp, you’re telling her to not worry about you too much. Sometimes it means to be agitated though. When you’re waiting for the results of an exam, you might fret and wring your hands. In a totally unrelated meaning, a guitar player calls the raised lines on the neck of the guitar that help him play correctly frets.

Definitions of fret
  1. verb

    be agitated or irritated

    “don’t
    fret over these small details”
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    types:

    dither

    act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
    type of:

    worry

    be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

  2. verb

    worry unnecessarily or excessively

    synonyms:

    fuss, niggle

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    scruple

    raise scruples
    dither, flap, pother

    make a fuss; be agitated
    type of:

    worry

    be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

  3. verb

    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

    synonyms:

    chafe, gall

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    type of:

    irritate

    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

  4. verb

    cause annoyance in

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    type of:

    annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

  5. verb

    gnaw into; make resentful or angry

    synonyms:

    eat into, fester, gnaw, grate, rankle

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    type of:

    annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations

  6. noun

    agitation resulting from active worry

    synonyms:

    lather, stew, sweat, swither

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    type of:

    agitation

    a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance

  7. noun

    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

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    type of:

    bar

    a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon

  8. verb

    provide (a musical instrument) with frets

    fret a guitar”
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    type of:

    furnish, provide, render, supply

    give something useful or necessary to

  9. noun

    an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)

    “there was a simple
    fret at the top of the walls”
    synonyms:

    Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern

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    type of:

    architectural ornament

    (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance

  10. verb

    carve a pattern into

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    types:

    honeycomb

    carve a honeycomb pattern into
    type of:

    carve

    form by carving

  11. verb

    decorate with an interlaced design

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    type of:

    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament

    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

  12. verb

    be too tight; rub or press

    synonyms:

    choke, gag

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    type of:

    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

    squeeze or press together

  13. verb

    cause friction

    synonyms:

    chafe, fray, rub, scratch

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    type of:

    adjoin, contact, meet, touch

    be in direct physical contact with; make contact

  14. verb

    wear away or erode

    synonyms:

    eat away

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    type of:

    corrode, rust

    become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid

  15. verb

    remove soil or rock

    synonyms:

    eat away, erode

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    types:

    wash

    form by erosion
    type of:

    damage

    inflict damage upon

  16. noun

    a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion

    synonyms:

    worn spot

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    type of:

    dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot

    a small contrasting part of something

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