noun British Dialect.

a quarrel; disagreement; argument.

Origin of fratching

First recorded in 1755–65; fratch + -ing1


[frach]British Dialect

verb (used with object)

to disagree; quarrel.


a quarrel; argument; dispute.

Origin of fratch

1400–50; late Middle English fracchen to creak, of uncertain origin
Related formsfratch·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fratching

Historical Examples of fratching

  • They were fratching—quarrelling—I could hear 'em as well as see 'em.

    The Borough Treasurer

    Joseph Smith Fletcher

  • He set up his fratching at breakfast acause his porridge was burnt, and kept at it all day.

British Dictionary definitions for fratching



English dialect a quarrel
Derived Formsfratchy, adjective

Word Origin for fratch

C19: from obsolete fratch to make a harsh noise; perhaps of imitative origin
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