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fray 1

 (frā)
n.
1. A fight; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.
2. A heated dispute or intensely competitive situation: "Minneapolis became the latest battleground in the fray over bio-engineering as hundreds of protesters took to the streets" (Todd Wilkinson).
3. A military engagement; a battle.
tr.v. frayed, fray·ing, frays Archaic
1. To alarm; frighten.
2. To drive away.

[Middle English frai, shortening of affrai; see affray.]

fray 2

 (frā)
v. frayed, fray·ing, frays
v.tr.
1. To strain; chafe: repeated noises that fray the nerves.
2. To wear away (the edges of fabric, for example) by rubbing.
v.intr.
To become worn away or tattered along the edges.
n.
A frayed or threadbare spot, as on fabric.

[Middle English fraien, to wear, bruise, from Old French fraier, to rub, from Latin fricāre.]

frayed

(freɪd)
adj
1. (of fabrics or clothing) unravelling at the edges from damage or wear
2. (of temper, nerves, patience, etc) under great strain
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.frayed - worn away or tattered along the edges; "frayed cuffs"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"

frayed

adjective
1. worn, ragged, worn out, tattered, threadbare, worn thin, out at elbows a shapeless and frayed jumper
2. strained, stressed, tense, edgy, uptight (informal), frazzled Nerves are frayed all round.
Translations

frayed

[freɪd] ADJ
1. [cloth, garment, cuff,] → deshilachado, raído; [rope] → desgastado
2. [nerves] → crispado
tempers were getting frayedlos ánimos se estaban caldeando, la gente estaba perdiendo la paciencia
3. [person] (= strained) → tenso
he's beginning to look a bit frayed around the edges (fig) → ya se le empiezan a notar los años

frayed

[ˈfreɪd] adj
(because of irritation) to be frayed
Tempers were frayed → L'exaspération gagnait.
to become frayed
Nerves became frayed → L'exaspération gagnait.
(because of stress)
Her nerves were frayed → Elle était à bout de nerfs.

frayed

adj jeans etcausgefranst; (fig)gereizt, angespannt; my nerves are quite frayedich bin mit den Nerven runter or am Ende (inf); tempers were frayeddie Gemüter waren erhitzt; I’m a bit frayed at or around the edges (inf)ich bin ziemlich mit den Nerven runter (inf)

frayed

[freɪd] adjsdrucito/a, logoro/a