- ornamented or provided with frets: a fretted molding.
Origin of fretted
- to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent, or the like: Fretting about the lost ring isn't going to help.
- to cause corrosion; gnaw into something: acids that fret at the strongest metals.
- to make a way by gnawing, corrosion, wearing away, etc.: The river frets at its banks until a new channel is formed.
- to become eaten, worn, or corroded (often followed by away): Limestone slowly frets away under pounding by the wind and rain.
- to move in agitation or commotion, as water: water fretting over the stones of a brook.
- to torment; irritate, annoy, or vex: You mustn't fret yourself about that.
- to wear away or consume by gnawing, friction, rust, corrosives, etc.: the ocean fretting its shores.
- to form or make by wearing away a substance: The river had fretted an underground passage.
- to agitate (water): Strong winds were fretting the channel.
- an irritated state of mind; annoyance; vexation.
- erosion; corrosion; gnawing.
- a worn or eroded place.
Origin of fret1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for fret on Thesaurus.com
- an interlaced, angular design; fretwork.
- an angular design of bands within a border.
- Heraldry. a charge composed of two diagonal strips interlacing with and crossing at the center of a mascle.
- a piece of decoratively pierced work placed in a clock case to deaden the sound of the mechanism.
- to ornament with a fret or fretwork.
Origin of fret2
- any of the ridges of wood, metal, or string, set across the fingerboard of a guitar, lute, or similar instrument, which help the fingers to stop the strings at the correct points.
- to provide with frets.
Origin of fret3
Examples from the Web for fretted
As I fretted over whether it was safe for her ingest the body paint, she extolled its benefits.Naked on a New York Street—for Art
September 16, 2014
Rivers told me in both 2010 and 2014 that, when thinking about dying herself, she fretted most about her daughter Melissa.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
Last week I fretted that America—and American business, in particular—seemed to be running out of ideas.Is That It? Burger King’s French Fry Burger Is Just Carb Overkill.
September 3, 2013
Behind the scenes, he threw spectacular parties, fretted over his ratings, and stayed loyal to his friends.The Private David Frost
John M. Florescu
September 3, 2013
Nearly every critic of the Iranian-American and Muslim author has fretted over whether he has the right to tackle his subject.Jesus Needs Reza Aslan, Author of 'Zealot'
August 11, 2013
I tell you, lad, that I am all undone, like a fretted bow-string.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Fretted by the pain, he plunged into the wilderness to hide like a wounded deer.The Bacillus of Beauty
And the hot ferment of Paris life seethed and fretted all around him.
But to-day he was fretted and chafed by long waiting for that answer to his letter.
He had just been fretted sufficiently to find fault with her dress.
- ornamented with angular designs or frets
- decorated with fretwork
- to distress or be distressed; worry
- to rub or wear away
- to irritate or be irritated; feel or give annoyance or vexation
- to eat away or be eaten away by chemical action; corrode
- (intr) (of a road surface) to become loose so that potholes develop; scab
- to agitate (water) or (of water) to be agitated
- (tr) to make by wearing away; erode
- a state of irritation or anxiety
- the result of fretting; corrosion
- a hole or channel caused by fretting
- a repetitive geometrical figure, esp one used as an ornamental border
- such a pattern made in relief and with numerous small openings; fretwork
- heraldry a charge on a shield consisting of a mascle crossed by a saltire
- (tr) to ornament with fret or fretwork
- any of several small metal bars set across the fingerboard of a musical instrument of the lute, guitar, or viol family at various points along its length so as to produce the desired notes when the strings are stopped by the fingers
- short for sea fret
Word Origin and History for fretted
"be peevish or worried," early 12c., from Old English fretan "eat, devour" (in Old English used of monsters and Vikings; in Middle English used of animals' eating), from Proto-Germanic compound *fra- "for-" + *etan "to eat" (cf. Dutch vreton, Old High German freggan, German fressen, Gothic fraitan). Transitive sense of "eat away" is from late 12c. Figurative sense of "irritate, worry, eat one's heart out" is c.1200. Modern German still distinguishes essen for humans and fressen for animals. Related: Fretted; fretting. As a noun, from early 15c.
"ornamental interlaced pattern," late 14c., from Old French frete "interlaced work, trellis work," probably from Frankish *fetur or another Germanic source (cf. Old English fetor, Old High German feggara "fetter") perhaps from notion of "decorative anklet," or of materials "bound" together. The other noun, "ridge on the fingerboard of a guitar," is c.1500 of unknown origin but possibly another sense of Old French frete.