fretted fretted  /f ˈrɛ tɪd/


  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
  17. (adj) having frets
  18. (adj) having a pattern of fretwork or latticework


  1. Within the Administration, economists fretted endlessly over the pros and cons of various budget-balancing proposals.
  2. A brilliant waxing moon sailed through a cloudless and star-fretted sky.
  3. For much of 2006, Administration officials fretted about Somalia, where some of the ruling Islamists had terrorist ties.


  1. Fed fears pull TSX lower; banks lead retreat

    By Peter N Henderson TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index retreated on Friday, ending its third-straight losing week as financials and materials stocks led a broad selloff. Bank shares were the biggest drag on the index as investors digested U.S. economic data and fretted about a possible rollback in central bank stimulus programs. The index fell following a sharp jump in the previous ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Apollo Tyres fails to stem stock slide on Cooper deal

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Apollo Tyres lost a third of its market value over two days as investors fretted over the debt it will take on to fund its $2.5-billion acquisition of U.S.-based Cooper Tire ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Japan Stocks Plunge Into Bear-Market Territory

    Japan's benchmark stock-market index nose dived more than 6% into bear-market territory as traders fretted about a potential slowing of central bank easing. 
    on June 13, 2013     Source: FOX Business


  1. "Silently, I curse the moment that Heath first skated onto our set in full character make-up," Nolan wrote in US magazine Newsweek. "I'd fretted about the reaction of Batman fans to a skateboarding Joker, but the actual result was a...
    on Jan 28, 2008 By: Christopher Nolan Source: ABC Online

  2. "The one thing I liked about Ben was when the game was there in the fourth quarter, he never really fretted," said Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, who wrapped up his eighth division title in his 13-season stint in Pittsburgh. "He hung in...
    on Dec 13, 2004 By: Bill Cowher Source: CNN International

  3. "He fretted that the ill health of his children might be due to the nature of the marriage, and he came to that because of his work on plants," lead author Tim Berra of Ohio State University says in a statement.
    on May 4, 2010 By: Tim Berra Source:

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