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Verb: fret (fretted,fretting)  fret
  1. Worry unnecessarily or excessively
    "don't fret too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now";
    - fuss, niggle
  2. Be agitated or irritated
    "don't fret over these small details";
    - stew [informal]
  3. Provide (a musical instrument) with frets
    "fret a guitar"
  4. Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
    - chafe, gall
  5. Cause annoyance in
  6. Gnaw into; make resentful or angry
    "The injustice fretted her";
    - eat into, rankle, grate
  7. (handicraft) carve a pattern into
  8. Decorate with an interlaced design
  9. Be too tight; rub or press
    "This neckband is fretting the cat";
    - choke, gag
  10. Cause friction
    "my sweater frets";
    - rub, fray, chafe, scratch
  11. Remove soil or rock
    - erode, eat away
  12. Wear away or erode
    - eat away
Noun: fret  fret
  1. Agitation resulting from active worry
    - stew [informal], sweat [informal], lather, swither [UK, dialect]
  2. A spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
    - worn spot
  3. An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
    "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls";
    - Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern
  4. A small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch
  5. [UK] A fog or mist coming from the sea
    - sea fret [UK]

Derived forms: frets, fretting, fretted

Type of: adjoin, adorn, agitation, annoy, architectural ornament, bar, beautify, bother, carve, chafe, compact, compress, constrict, contact, contract, corrode, damage, dapple, decorate, devil, embellish, fleck, furnish, get at [informal], get to, grace, gravel [US], irritate, maculation, meet, nark [Brit, slang], nettle, offer, ornament, patch, press, provide, rag, render, rile, roil [N. Amer], rust, speckle, spot, squeeze, supply, sweat [N. Amer, informal], tick off [informal], touch, vex, worry

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