t) KEY VERB: fret·ted
, frets VERB: tr.
- To cause to be uneasy; vex: "fret thy soul with crosses and with cares" (Edmund Spenser).
- To gnaw or wear away; erode.
- To produce a hole or worn spot in; corrode. See Synonyms at chafe.
- To form (a passage or channel) by erosion.
- To disturb the surface of (water or a stream); agitate.
- To be vexed or troubled; worry. See Synonyms at brood.
- To be worn or eaten away; become corroded.
- To move agitatedly.
- To gnaw with the teeth in the manner of a rodent.
- The act or an instance of fretting.
- A hole or worn spot made by abrasion or erosion.
- Irritation of mind; agitation.
Middle English freten
, from Old English fretan
, to devour
; see ed-
in Indo-European roots