Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: frayer, from Latin fricare; FRICTION


1 verb
fray1 [intransitive and transitive]
1DCCDH if cloth or other material frays, or if something frays it, the threads become loose because the material is old:
The collar had started to fray on Ed's coat.
He had frayed the bottom of his jeans.
2 if someone's temper or nerves fray, or if something frays them, they become annoyed:
Tempers soon began to fray.
frayed adjective:
The carpet was badly frayed.

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