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  Dictionary Definition of fret

fret [1]
verb ( fretted, fretting )

-- verb (i)
1. to give oneself up to feelings of irritation, resentful discontent, regret, worry, or the like.
2. to cause corrosion; gnaw.
3. to make a way by gnawing or corrosion.
4. to become eaten, worn, or corroded.
5. Civil Engineering to scab.
6. to move in agitation or commotion, as water.
-- verb (t)
7. to torment; irritate, annoy, or vex.
8. to wear away or consume by gnawing, friction, rust, corrosives, etc.
9. to form or make by wearing away a substance.
10. to agitate (water).
-- noun
11. an irritated state of mind; annoyance; vexation: Jim... wished that we could stick to this kind of thing always, and never have any fret or crooked dealings again -- ROLF BOLDREWOOD, 1889.
12. erosion; corrosion; gnawing.
13. a worn or eroded place.
[ME frete ( n ), OE fretan, c. G fressen eat]