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[fret-ee] /ˈfrɛt i/
adjective, frettier, frettiest.
fretful; irritable; peevish.
Origin of fretty1
First recorded in 1835-45; fret1 + -y1


[fret-ee] /ˈfrɛt i/
adjective, Heraldry.
covered with criss-crossed and interlacing diagonal strips:
argent, fretty sable.
1555-65; < Middle French frette, derivative of frete trelliswork. See fret2, -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They are sallow, fretty, plain little things, but I'm conscientiously liking them as hard as ever I can.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Therefore, when next June comes along and you yearn for the early filberts, do not be fretty.

  • She has been quite another creature since we have been at Poppleby—not at all fretty, and almost rosy.

    The Carbonels Charlotte M. Yonge
  • A coat which is fretty is entirely covered by the interlacing bendlets and bendlets sinister, no mascles being introduced.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

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