To fray something is to tear or damage it. The clothes on the clothesline are fraying because the wind is blowing them around.

  • The cord on the lamp is starting to fray because it's getting worn down.

  • The paper was starting to fray from the ink that was spilled on it.

Definition of fraying


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


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


Frighten; alarm


To bear the expense of; to defray.


To rub.


Frayed material.


The skin which a deer frays from its horns.

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Example Sentences for fraying

  • 1

    The Fray axe is definitely of the good.

  • 2

    The tips of the fringe were frayed.

  • 3

    The other redesign got thrown into the fray.

  • 4

    The role of the encyclopedia is to note this, not to enter into the fray.

  • 5

    I'm may return to the fray in the new year.

  • 6

    Frank joins the fray in order to escape the explosives.

  • 7

    Fray Jimenez is considered the apostle of the island of Masbate.

  • 8

    The song was covered by The Fray in 2007 for the compilation album.

  • 9

    All at once the lands were removed and scattered in the fray.

  • 10

    Fray Pedro was the first inquisitor appointed in the New World.