UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfrɛt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/frɛt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(fret)

Inflections of 'fret' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
fret1 /frɛt/USA pronunciation   v.,  fret•ted, fret•ting. 
  1. to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent, or the like: [no object]Don't fret; things will get better.[+ about + object]fretting about the lost ring.[+ at + object]He was fretting at the traffic delay in the tunnel.[+ oneself]Don't fret yourself over trifles.

fret3 /frɛt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Music and Danceany of the ridges of wood or metal set across the fingerboard of a stringed instrument, such as a guitar.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
fret1  (fret),USA pronunciation v.,  fret•ted, fret•ting, n. 
  1. to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent, or the like:Fretting about the lost ring isn't going to help.
  2. to cause corrosion;
    gnaw into something:acids that fret at the strongest metals.
  3. to make a way by gnawing, corrosion, wearing away, etc.:The river frets at its banks until a new channel is formed.
  4. Geographyto become eaten, worn, or corroded (often fol. by away):Limestone slowly frets away under pounding by the wind and rain.
  5. to move in agitation or commotion, as water:water fretting over the stones of a brook.

  1. to torment;
    irritate, annoy, or vex:You mustn't fret yourself about that.
  2. Geographyto wear away or consume by gnawing, friction, rust, corrosives, etc.:the ocean fretting its shores.
  3. Geographyto form or make by wearing away a substance:The river had fretted an underground passage.
  4. Geographyto agitate (water):Strong winds were fretting the channel.

  1. an irritated state of mind;
  2. Geographyerosion;
  3. a worn or eroded place.
fretter, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English freten, Old English fretan to eat up, consume; cognate with Old Saxon fretan, Gothic fraitan, Old High German frezzan (German fressen)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fume, rage.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged worry, harass, goad, tease.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged erode, gnaw, corrode, abrade, grind, rub, rust.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged harassment, agitation, worry.

fret2  (fret),USA pronunciation n., v.,  fret•ted, fret•ting. 
  1. Architecture, Furniturean interlaced, angular design;
  2. Architecture, Furniturean angular design of bands within a border.
  3. Heraldrya charge composed of two diagonal strips interlacing with and crossing at the center of a mascle.
  4. a piece of decoratively pierced work placed in a clock case to deaden the sound of the mechanism.

  1. Architecture, Furnitureto ornament with a fret or fretwork.
fretless, adj. 
  • ?; compare Middle French frete trellis-work, Old English fretwian, variant of frætwian to adorn
  • Middle English frette 1350–1400

fret3  (fret),USA pronunciation n., v.,  fret•ted, fret•ting. 
  1. Music and Danceany of the ridges of wood, metal, or string, set across the fingerboard of a guitar, lute, or similar instrument, which help the fingers to stop the strings at the correct points.

  1. Music and Danceto provide with frets.
fretless, adj. 
  • origin, originally uncertain 1490–1500

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fret /frɛt/ vb (frets, fretting, fretted)
  1. to distress or be distressed; worry
  2. to rub or wear away
  3. to irritate or be irritated; feel or give annoyance or vexation
  4. to eat away or be eaten away by chemical action; corrode
  5. (transitive) to make by wearing away; erode
  1. a state of irritation or anxiety
Etymology: Old English fretan to eat; related to Old High German frezzan, Gothic fraitan, Latin peredere
fret /frɛt/ n
  1. a repetitive geometrical figure, esp one used as an ornamental border
  2. such a pattern made in relief and with numerous small openings; fretwork
vb (frets, fretting, fretted)
  1. (transitive) to ornament with fret or fretwork
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French frete interlaced design used on a shield, probably of Germanic origin

ˈfretless adj
fret /frɛt/ n
  1. any of several small metal bars set across the fingerboard of a musical instrument of the lute, guitar, or viol family at various points along its length so as to produce the desired notes when the strings are stopped by the fingers
Etymology: 16th Century: of unknown origin

ˈfretless adj
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