fret

1
[ fret ]
/ frɛt /

verb (used without object), fret·ted, fret·ting.

verb (used with object), fret·ted, fret·ting.

noun

Origin of fret

1
before 900; Middle English freten, Old English fretan to eat up, consume; cognate with Old Saxon fretan, Gothic fraitan, Old High German frezzan (German fressen)

Related forms

fret·ter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fretter (1 of 4)

fret

1
/ (frɛt) /

verb frets, fretting or fretted

noun

Word Origin for fret

Old English fretan to eat; related to Old High German frezzan, Gothic fraitan, Latin peredere

British Dictionary definitions for fretter (2 of 4)

fret

2
/ (frɛt) /

noun

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

verb frets, fretting or fretted

(tr) to ornament with fret or fretwork

Derived Forms

fretless, adjective

Word Origin for fret

C14: from Old French frete interlaced design used on a shield, probably of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for fretter (3 of 4)

fret

3
/ (frɛt) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

fretless, adjective

Word Origin for fret

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for fretter (4 of 4)

fret

4
/ (frɛt) /

noun

short for sea fret
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