FRET


WORD OF THE DAY
October 9, 2021

fret Audio pronunciation

verb | FRET

What It Means

Fret means “to become worried or concerned.”
// The director fretted over every detail of the show’s opening night performance.

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Examples of FRET

“Notre Dame had four players who needed surgery this week. … It’s a troubling start that every coach frets about. — Mike Hutton, Sports Illustrated, 9 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

The meat-and-potatoes meaning of fret is “to eat.” The verb is used literally, as in “Moths fretted the clothing,” but more often figuratively to describe actions that corrode or wear away. A river “frets away” at its banks, or something might be said to be “fretted out” with time or age. Fret also applies to emotional experiences so that something that “eats away at someone” is “fretting the heart or mind.”

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