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.

Primary Meanings of fret

1.
vn
be agitated or irritated
agitation resulting from active worry
2.
nv
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
provide (a musical instrument) with frets
3.
nv
an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
carve a pattern into
4.
v
be too tight; rub or press
5.
vn
wear away or erode
a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
Full Definitions of fret
1

v be agitated or irritated

“don't fret over these small details”
Types:
dither
act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
Type of:
worry
be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

v worry unnecessarily or excessively

Synonyms:
fuss, niggle
Types:
scruple
raise scruples
dither, flap, pother
make a fuss; be agitated
Type of:
worry
be worried, concerned, anxious, troubled, or uneasy

v become or make sore by or as if by rubbing

Synonyms:
chafe, gall
Type of:
irritate
excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame

v cause annoyance in

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

v gnaw into; make resentful or angry

Synonyms:
eat into, grate, rankle
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

n agitation resulting from active worry

Synonyms:
lather, stew, sweat, swither
Type of:
agitation
a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
2

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

v provide (a musical instrument) with frets

fret a guitar”
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to
3

n 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
Type of:
architectural ornament
(architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance

v carve a pattern into

Types:
honeycomb
carve a honeycomb pattern into
Type of:
carve
form by carving

v decorate with an interlaced design

Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
4

v be too tight; rub or press

Synonyms:
choke, gag
Type of:
compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
squeeze or press together

v cause friction

Synonyms:
chafe, fray, rub, scratch
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact
5

v wear away or erode

Synonyms:
eat away
Type of:
corrode, rust
become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid

v remove soil or rock

Synonyms:
eat away, erode
Types:
wash
form by erosion
Type of:
damage
inflict damage upon

n a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion

Synonyms:
worn spot
Type of:
dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot
a small contrasting part of something

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