fray definition, meaning - what is fray in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “fray”

See all translations

fray

verb uk   us   /freɪ/

fray verb (CLOTH)

[I or T] to become or to cause the threads in cloth or rope to become slightly separated, forming loose threads at the edge or end: Denim frays so easily. I'd frayed the edges of my jeans as that was the fashion in those days.

fray verb (BECOME ANNOYED)

[I] If your temper frays or your nerves fray, you gradually become upset or annoyed: Tempers frayed as thousands of motorists began the Christmas holiday with long waits in traffic jams.

fray

noun [S] uk   us   /freɪ/
the fray an energetic and often not well organized effort, activity, fight, or disagreement: With a third country about to enter (= take part in) the fray, the fighting looks set to continue. A good holiday should leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the fray (= ready to work) again.
(Definition of fray from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of fray?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “fray” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gale-force

(of winds) very strong

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More