(noun, verb)


1. a noisy fight

Similar word(s): affray, disturbance, ruffle

Definition categories: act, combat, fight, fighting, scrap

Sentences with fray as a noun:

- Though they did not know the reason for the dispute, they did not hesitate to leap into the fray.


1. wear away by rubbing

- The friction frayed the sleeve

Similar word(s): frazzle

Definition categories: contact, break, bust, wear

2. cause friction

Similar word(s): chafe, fret, rub, scratch

Definition categories: contact, adjoin, meet, touch

Sentences with fray as a verb:

- The ribbon frayed at the cut end.

- The stressful day ended in frayed nerves. (Metaphorical use; nerves are visualised as strings)