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fret (v.)

Old English fretan "devour, feed upon, consume," from Proto-Germanic compound *fra-etan "to eat up," from *fra- "completely" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "through") + *etan "to eat" (from PIE root *ed- "to eat"). Cognates include Dutch vreten, Old High German frezzan, German fressen, Gothic fraitan.

Used of monsters and Vikings; in Middle English used of animals' eating. Notion of "wear away by rubbing or scraping" (c. 1200) might have come to this word by sound-association with Anglo-French forms of Old French froter "to rub, wipe; beat, thrash," which is from Latin fricare "to rub" (see friction). Figurative use is from c. 1200, of emotions, sins, vices, etc., "to worry, consume, vex" someone or someone's heart or mind, from either the "eating" or the "rubbing" sense. Intransitive sense "be worried, vex oneself" is by 1550s. Modern German still distinguishes essen for humans and fressen for animals. Related: Fretted; fretting. As a noun, early 15c., "a gnawing," also "the wearing effect" of awareness of wrongdoing, fear, etc.

fret (n.1)

"ornamental interlaced pattern," late 14c., from Old French frete "interlaced work, trellis work," probably from Frankish *fetur or another Germanic source (cognates: Old English fetor, Old High German feggara "a fetter, shackle") perhaps from the notion of "decorative anklet," or of materials "bound" together.

fret (n.2)

"ridge on the fingerboard of a guitar," c. 1500, of unknown origin, possibly from another sense of Old French frete "ring, ferule." Compare Middle English fret "a tie or lace" (early 14c.), freten (v.) "to bind, fasten" (mid-14c.).

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Definitions of fret from WordNet
1
fret (v.)
worry unnecessarily or excessively;
Synonyms: fuss / niggle
fret (v.)
be agitated or irritated;
don't fret over these small details
fret (v.)
provide (a musical instrument) with frets;
fret a guitar
fret (v.)
become or make sore by or as if by rubbing;
Synonyms: chafe / gall
fret (v.)
cause annoyance in;
fret (v.)
gnaw into; make resentful or angry;
Synonyms: eat into / rankle / grate
fret (v.)
carve a pattern into;
fret (v.)
decorate with an interlaced design;
fret (v.)
be too tight; rub or press;
Synonyms: choke / gag
fret (v.)
cause friction;
Synonyms: rub / fray / chafe / scratch
fret (v.)
remove soil or rock;
Synonyms: erode / eat away
fret (v.)
wear away or erode;
Synonyms: eat away
2
fret (n.)
agitation resulting from active worry;
Synonyms: stew / sweat / lather / swither
fret (n.)
a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion;
Synonyms: worn spot
fret (n.)
an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief);
there was a simple fret at the top of the walls
Synonyms: Greek fret / Greek key / key pattern
fret (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;
From wordnet.princeton.edu