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noun British Dialect.
  1. a quarrel; disagreement; argument.
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Origin of fratching

First recorded in 1755–65; fratch + -ing1


[frach]British Dialect
verb (used with object)
  1. to disagree; quarrel.
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  1. a quarrel; argument; dispute.
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Origin of fratch

1400–50; late Middle English fracchen to creak, of uncertain origin
Related formsfratch·er, noun
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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


  1. English dialect a quarrel
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Derived Formsfratchy, adjective

Word Origin for fratch

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