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Definition of "fret" []

  • To cause to be uneasy; vex: "fret thy soul with crosses and with cares” ( Edmund Spenser). (verb-transitive)
  • To gnaw or wear away; erode. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce a hole or worn spot in; corrode. See Synonyms at chafe. (verb-transitive)
  • To form (a passage or channel) by erosion. (verb-transitive)
  • To disturb the surface of (water or a stream); agitate. (verb-transitive)
  • To distress or be distressed; worry (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To rub or wear away (verb)
  • To irritate or be irritated; feel or give annoyance or vexation (verb)
  • To eat away or be eaten away by chemical action; corrode (verb)
  • (of a road surface) to become loose so that potholes develop; scab (verb)
  • To agitate (water) or (of water) to be agitated (verb)
  • To make by wearing away; erode (verb)
  • A state of irritation or anxiety (noun)
  • The result of fretting; corrosion (noun)
  • A hole or channel caused by fretting (noun)

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Use "fret" in a sentence
  • "The word fret means literally “to burn or consume.”"
  • "Reply nate says actually they do have that its called a fret light guitar there around 500 bucks"
  • "When George Harrison plays "Here Comes the Sun," his guitar is in standard tuning, but he has a capo on the seventh fret, which is what gives it that tinkly sound ..."