- 1[intransitive, transitive] if cloth frays or something frays it, the threads in it start to come apart The cuffs of his shirt were fraying. This material frays easily. fray something It was fashionable to fray the bottoms of your jeans.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] fray (something) if somebody’s nerves or temper frays or something frays them, the person starts to get irritated or annoyed As the debate went on, tempers began to fray. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Old French freiier, from Latin fricare
BrE BrE//freɪ//; NAmE NAmE//freɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fray
BrE BrE//freɪ//; NAmE NAmE//freɪ//he / she / it frays
BrE BrE//freɪz//; NAmE NAmE//freɪz//past simple frayed
BrE BrE//freɪd//; NAmE NAmE//freɪd//past participle frayed
BrE BrE//freɪd//; NAmE NAmE//freɪd//-ing form fraying
BrE BrE//ˈfreɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfreɪɪŋ//