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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    dither
    act nervously; be undecided; be uncertain
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    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
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    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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    irritate
    excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
  4. verb
    cause annoyance in
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    architectural ornament
    (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
  10. verb
    carve a pattern into
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    honeycomb
    carve a honeycomb pattern into
    type of:
    carve
    form by carving
  11. verb
    decorate with an interlaced design
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    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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    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
    squeeze or press together
  13. verb
    cause friction
    synonyms: chafe, fray, rub, scratch
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    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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    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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    wash
    form by erosion
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    damage
    inflict damage upon
  16. noun
    a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
    synonyms: worn spot
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    dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot
    a small contrasting part of something
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