Fray - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |freɪ|  American pronunciation of the word fray
Brit.  |freɪ|  British pronunciation of the word fray


- a noisy fight (syn: affray, disturbance, ruffle)


- wear away by rubbing(syn: frazzle)
- cause friction (syn: chafe, fret, rub, scratch)


The fabric is very fine and frays easily.

Her nerves became severely frayed.

The collar had started to fray on Ed's coat.

He had frayed the bottom of his jeans.

Tempers soon began to fray.

The carpet was badly frayed.

The second blow makes the fray.

The friction frayed the sleeve

Three civilians were injured during the fray.

He launched himself into the fray.

The other soldiers quickly joined the fray, launching missile attacks in the city.

Some workmen did throw themselves hotheadedly into the fray.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: fray
he/she/it: frays
present participle: fraying
past tense: frayed
past participle: frayed
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