1. [ verb ] worry unnecessarily or excessively
Synonyms: fuss niggle

"don't fuss too much over the grandchildren--they are quite big now"

Related terms: worry dither scruple
2. [ verb ] be agitated or irritated

"don't fret over these small details"

Related terms: worry shiver dither
3. [ verb ] remove soil or rock, as of wind or water
Synonyms: erode eat_away

"Rain eroded the terraces"

Related terms: damage wash erosion
4. [ verb ] cause friction
Synonyms: scratch rub chafe fray

"my sweater scratches"

Related terms: touch abrasion
5. [ noun ] agitation resulting from active worry
Synonyms: sweat lather swither stew

"don't get in a stew" "he's in a sweat about exams"

Related terms: agitation sulk
6. [ verb ] be too tight; rub or press
Synonyms: choke gag

"This neckband is choking the cat"

Related terms: compress choker
7. [ verb ] carve a pattern into
Related terms: carve honeycomb handicraft
8. [ verb ] decorate with an interlaced design
Related terms: decorate
9. [ verb ] gnaw into; make resentful or angry
Synonyms: eat_into rankle grate

"The unjustice rankled her" "his resentment festered"

Related terms: annoy
10. [ verb ] cause annoyance in
Related terms: annoy
11. [ verb ] wear away or erode
Synonyms: eat_away
Related terms: corrode
12. [ verb ] become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
Synonyms: chafe gall
Related terms: irritate chafe
13. [ noun ] (architecture) an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief)
Synonyms: greek_key key_pattern greek_fret

"there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"

Related terms: architectural_ornament
14. [ noun ] a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
Synonyms: worn_spot
Related terms: spot chafe
15. [ verb ] provide (a musical instrument) with frets

"fret a guitar"

Related terms: supply
16. [ noun ] (music) 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
Related terms: bar
Similar spelling:   Friedt