[ frawt ]
/ frɔt /


Archaic. filled or laden (with): ships fraught with precious wares.


Scot. a load; cargo; freight (of a ship).


    fraught with, full of; accompanied by; involving: a task fraught with danger.

Origin of fraught

1300–50; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht freight money, freight; compare Old High German frēht earnings, Old English ǣht possession
Related formso·ver·fraught, adjectiveun·fraught, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fraught


/ (frɔːt) /


(usually postpositive and foll by with) filled or charged; attendeda venture fraught with peril
informal showing or producing tension or anxietyshe looks rather fraught; a fraught situation
archaic (usually postpositive and foll by with) freighted


an obsolete word for freight

Word Origin for fraught

C14: from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vracht freight
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Word Origin and History for fraught



early 14c., "laden" (of vessels), past participle of Middle English fraughten "to load (a ship) with cargo," from fraght "cargo, lading of a ship" (early 13c.), variant of freight; influenced by Middle Dutch vrachten "to load or furnish with cargo," from Proto-Germanic *fra-aihtiz (see freight (n.)). Figurative sense is first attested 1570s.

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