Associations to the word «Fray»

Wiktionary

FRAY, noun. Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee.
FRAY, noun. (archaic) fright
FRAY, verb. (intransitive) To unravel; used particularly for the edge of something made of cloth, or the end of a rope.
FRAY, verb. (intransitive) (figuratively) To cause exhaustion, wear out (a person's mental strength).
FRAY, verb. (transitive) (archaic) frighten; alarm
FRAY, verb. (transitive) To bear the expense of; to defray.
FRAY, verb. (intransitive) To rub.

Dictionary definition

FRAY, noun. A noisy fight.
FRAY, verb. Wear away by rubbing; "The friction frayed the sleeve".
FRAY, verb. Cause friction; "my sweater scratches".

Wise words

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