fretting fretting  /f ˈrɛ tɪŋ/


  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. I remember him fretting for two weeks before asking a girl to the prom, then getting turned down.
  2. All of which suggests that the media's fretting about beer and wine Democrats is misplaced.
  3. And, since the rallies take place in Virtual World, there's no fretting about the waste of fuel.


  1. Molly Clarke Helps People Find Perfect Engagement Ring

    For those fretting over buying the perfect engagement ring, there is now a solution, as one woman is offering her expertise to help people find the best ring. Molly Clarke, 31, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, runs a consultation business called "The Ring Liaison." She charges a $500 flat fee to help people find the perfect ring for their spouse-to-be.  One many, Pranay Reddy, hired her to help him find ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Opposing Views

  2. Ryan impressed by Falcons' progress in offseason

    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Matt Ryan said Tuesday his focus is on his new teammates and a new season and he's not fretting about the status of his new contract.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

  3. John Cena's Shelf Life as WWE's Top Star Is Far from over

    Wrestling fans have spent the last few years fretting over John Cena ’s shelf life as a top star, wondering if and when someone will replace him as the WWE ’s No. 1 guy. Just relax, guys and girls. There’s nothing to fret about because we should all know how this story is going to play out. Cena isn ’t going anywhere. His status as a top star is firmly in place, and barring some sort of major ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. "When you think about the fact he's played as much as he's played, he wasn't even supposed to be ready," Washington said. "If I can get him out there (in the outfield), I will. It's nothing I'll be fretting about if I don't get him out there....
    on Jul 9, 2008 By: Ron Washington Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "I don't care if I was stabbed in the back. I don't care if that's true," Mourinho said. "I don't want to spend my time and energy fretting about that. I don't care about anything that happens at Chelsea any more, who they buy, who they sell,...
    on Sep 23, 2007 By: Jose Mourinho Source: AFP

  3. Aniston said she's now in a good place: "I'm not sitting somewhere dwelling on the past. I'm not fretting or obsessing about something in the future."
    on Sep 20, 2005 By: Jennifer Aniston Source: CNN

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