Definition of frayed in US English:



  • 1(of a fabric, rope, or cord) unraveled or worn at the edge.

    ‘the frayed collar of her old coat’
    • ‘Replace cracked or frayed electrical appliance and extension cords.’
    • ‘It did come as a bit of a surprise when I pulled on the rope and this frayed end appeared.’
    • ‘The noise was Paula opening the door, blue dawn light outlining the frayed edges of her hair.’
    • ‘Replace frayed or cracked cords.’
    • ‘Melt the frayed ends of the cord with your lighter.’
    • ‘Near the bottom of one box, he discovered a frayed leather harness, studded collar and leash.’
    • ‘He could see the frayed wires hanging loose below the dashboard.’
    • ‘Stitch two burlap rectangles together, with the top left open and frayed.’
    • ‘Frayed beige cotton curtains could be drawn at night in the bedroom and sitting room.’
    • ‘Look at the frayed hems indicating bad quality and lots of stock.’
    • ‘It was issued to inspect the Velcro straps for frayed condition, cuts, and overall integrity.’
    • ‘Thanks everyone for your kind comments on my solution to frayed cuffs and edges.’
    • ‘The frayed ends of the collar tickled her leathery face, and she wrinkled her nose up to prevent a sneeze.’
    • ‘They don't replace items because they are unwanted, a little frayed or just out of fashion.’
    • ‘The cover, brown paper, was considerably frayed, and some of the end page and opening page are missing.’
    • ‘The clothing she wore last year is tattered and frayed, but still recognizable.’
    • ‘Do not use frayed or broken cords.’
    • ‘I am inquiring about how to give my jeans the frayed look on the bottom of the legs that is popular now.’
    • ‘Underground cables become frayed from aging, corrosive chemicals, overload or rats biting them.’
    • ‘As the scales elongated, they became frayed and this condition developed into the barbed structure of feathers.’
    unravelling, unravelled, worn, well worn, threadbare, tattered, ragged, holey, moth-eaten, shabby
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's nerves or temper) showing the effects of strain.
      ‘an effort to soothe frayed nerves’
      • ‘I am on the fringes - but refusing to get frayed.’
      • ‘The solution for all frayed nerves in our experience was to stop and go for a walk.’
      • ‘A fixed star burns the edges of frayed identity.’
      • ‘He assured a frayed Richardson that he'd never see an attack that big.’
      • ‘As we draw closer and closer to the time of departure the days grow more hectic and my nerves more frayed.’
      • ‘I have witnessed accidents, frayed tempers and schoolchildren battling congestion to get to school.’
      • ‘My temper is frayed.’
      • ‘Despite some frayed nerves, the group benefited from the sort of camaraderie that arises only out of mutually experienced adversity.’
      • ‘Every protest or procession results in traffic jams, long delays, frayed nerves and waste of costly fuel.’
      • ‘These songs are old photographs, composed on the frayed edges of memory, chance recollections.’
      • ‘Everything wasn't ruined, but his soul had been frayed a little further.’
      • ‘During periods of racial discord, community leaders have headed to the statue to cool frayed tempers.’
      • ‘The erratic supply often fuel the frayed tempers.’
      • ‘My baby cried for more than an hour that first night before she finally fell asleep, exhausted and frayed.’
      • ‘Tempers are frayed in every Milltown household.’
      • ‘The next day there were many frayed tempers in the village.’
      • ‘Tempers inevitably became frayed, and at one point a fight broke out between a passenger and a member of staff.’
      • ‘The pressure is mounting and tempers are getting frayed.’
      • ‘Frayed nerves and tense muscles seemed to melt in the viscous liquid that poured out of the brass container suspended above me.’
      • ‘She needed to sort out her frayed, perplexing emotions with the help of someone she loved and trusted.’
      strained, taxed, overtaxed, irritated, edgy, tense, stressed, fraught
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