What does fray mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fray.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle(verb)

    a noisy fight

  2. fray, frazzle(verb)

    wear away by rubbing

    "The friction frayed the sleeve"

  3. rub, fray, fret, chafe, scratch(verb)

    cause friction

    "my sweater scratches"


  1. fray(n.)

    An angry quarrel; an affray; contest; combat; broil.

  2. Origin: [Abbreviated from affray.]


  1. fray(Noun)

    Affray; broil; contest; combat; brawl; melee.

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

  2. fray(Noun)


  3. fray(Verb)

    To unravel; used particularly for the edge of something made of cloth, or the end of a rope.

    The ribbon frayed at the cut end.

  4. fray(Verb)

    To cause exhaustion, wear out (a person's mental strength).

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

  5. fray


Webster Dictionary

  1. Fray(noun)

    affray; broil; contest; combat

  2. Fray(verb)

    to frighten; to terrify; to alarm

  3. Fray(verb)

    to bear the expense of; to defray

  4. Fray(verb)

    to rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head

  5. Fray(verb)

    to rub

  6. Fray(verb)

    to wear out or into shreads, or to suffer injury by rubbing, as when the threads of the warp or of the woof wear off so that the cross threads are loose; to ravel; as, the cloth frays badly

  7. Fray(noun)

    a fret or chafe, as in cloth; a place injured by rubbing

  8. Origin: [See 1st Fray, and cf. Affray.]


  1. Fray

    Fray is an eight-issue comic book limited series, a futuristic spin-off of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Written by Buffy creator Joss Whedon, the series follows a Slayer named Melaka Fray, a chosen one in a time where vampires are returning to the slums of New York City, and the rich-poor divide is even greater. Volume one is drawn by Karl Moline and Andy Owens. The series was published by Dark Horse Comics beginning in 2001, with delays between the first six and the final two issues caused by Whedon's TV commitments, during which Moline illustrated Route 666 for CrossGen Comics. After the series' conclusion in August 2003, a trade paperback collecting the whole series was also published by Dark Horse. In a short video promoting the charity Equality Now Joss Whedon confirmed that "Fray is not done, Fray is coming back. More than that, I will not say." This was reiterated in 2007's Comic Con where Joss stated that he "absolutely would be returning to that world." Fray next appears as a main character in the 2008 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight crossover story arc, "Time of Your Life", by Whedon and Moline. The series was closely linked to the concurrently airing seventh season of Buffy, with coinciding depictions of the Slayer's mystical scythe and her origins, a major contributor to the expansion of the canonical "Buffyverse" in which Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other related stories are set. Melaka Fray also appears in the story "Tales", by the same creative team as the series, in the anthology comic book Tales of the Slayers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fray

    frā, n. an affray, a brawl.—v.t. (B.) to frighten. [Abbrev. of affray.]

  2. Fray

    frā, v.t. to wear off by rubbing: to ravel out the edge of a stuff.—v.i. to become frayed.—n. Fray′ing, the action of the verb fray: ravellings. [Fr. frayer—L. fricāre, to rub.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fray in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    I don't think it'll be a big shock to anybody if I jump in the fray and once again run for president in 2016.

  2. Butler:

    An ass will with his long ears fray The flies that tickle him away; But man delights to have his ears Blown maggots in by flatterers.

  3. Coleman Breland:

    We didn't just jump into the fray and say let's offer an SVOD [ streaming video on demand ] service, this is very targeted and focused.

  4. Homer:

    He lives not long who battles with the immortals, nor do his children prattle about his knees when he has come back from battle and the dread fray.

  5. Les Otten:

    At the end of the day, there was more meat and there was less noise, to me, it came down between he and Jeb Bush. I think they were both great, but Kasich managed to stay out of the fray.

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Translations for fray

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • نزاعArabic
  • стълкновение, износвам, оръфвам, свада, сбиване, протърквамBulgarian
  • desfilar-seCatalan, Valencian
  • drásat, třepit seCzech
  • Schlacht, ausfransenGerman
  • σύρραξη, συμπλοκή, διαμάχηGreek
  • purkaantua, riita, uuvuttaa, rähinä, väsyttää, harsuuntuaFinnish
  • effilocher, combat, user, bagarreFrench
  • שחק, קטטה, התבלה, תחרות, ריפט, נשחקHebrew
  • feslikHungarian
  • agone, mischia, baruffaItalian
  • rakneNorwegian
  • refrega, desfiarPortuguese
  • дра́ка, обтрёпываться, расплета́ться, сты́чка, сраже́ние, вытира́ться, изна́шиваться, перепа́лка, распуска́ться, столкнове́ние, борьба́Russian
  • ఫ్రేTelugu
  • çözülmekTurkish

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