fret fret  /f ˈrɛt/


  1. (n) agitation resulting from active worry
  2. (n) a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
  3. (n) an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief)
  4. (n) a small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch
  5. (v) worry unnecessarily or excessively
  6. (v) be agitated or irritated
  7. (v) provide (a musical instrument) with frets
  8. (v) become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
  9. (v) cause annoyance in
  10. (v) gnaw into; make resentful or angry
  11. (v) carve a pattern into
  12. (v) decorate with an interlaced design
  13. (v) be too tight; rub or press
  14. (v) cause friction
  15. (v) remove soil or rock
  16. (v) wear away or erode


  1. There's no need to fret about getting the mud out of your hair, either: showers at minimal cost are abundant, as are lockers that can be used to store a fresh set of clothes.
  2. Don't fret; he's got lots of renowned advisers.
  3. Some who see the reflection of Franklin in the world today fret about a shallowness of soul and a spiritual complacency that seem to permeate a culture of materialism.


  1. Susan Reinhardt on genetically modified foods

    It’s official. We no longer need to worry about carbs. We don’t have to fret over whether to eat edamame or those crispy tater tots. No need to stare at the silver-queen corn or the nice plump blueberries.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Black Mountain News

  2. IMustEat Launches Its Online Ordering Restaurant Dining Guide in the New Orleans, Metairie, and Kenner Areas

    NEW ORLEANS, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hungry for a Po Boy? In the mood for some Etouffee? Fret no more. IMustEat has come to the Big Easy. IMustEat is a restaurant online ordering dining guide with ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Asia's Next Big Risk Is Rising Rates: World Bank

    As investors continue to fret over the tapering off of liquidity in the U.S. and the impact on global markets, a World Bank economist tells CNBC the move poses a particular risk to Asian investors as he ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: CNBC via Yahoo! Finance

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  1. "I took Iraq off the list of things for the incoming guys to fret about for the next 12 months," Hayden said, referencing security and political gains made there.
    on Jan 15, 2009 By: Michael Hayden Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "As I have been saying, I don't have any intention to fret over rapid fluctuations in stocks and the dollar. But what could affect the real economy most are such rapid moves," Aso said.
    on Oct 24, 2008 By: Taro Aso Source: Interactive Investor

  3. "That's totally out of my control," Roberts said. "For me to fret about that does me no good. At the beginning of the season I wasn't healthy and had surgery. I'm going to wait for my opportunity, whatever capacity. ...... I can't write...
    on Jul 22, 2008 By: Dave Roberts Source: USA Today

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