fraught

fraught early 14c., "laden" (of vessels), pp. of M.E. fraughten "to load (a ship) with cargo," from fraght "cargo, lading of a ship" (early 13c.), variant of freight; influenced by M.Du. vrachten "to load or furnish with cargo," from P.Gmc. *fra-aihtiz (see FREIGHT (Cf. freight)). Figurative sense is first attested 1570s.

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  • fraught — [fro:t US fro:t] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Past participle of fraught to load, fill (14 19 centuries), from Middle Dutch vracht load ] 1.) fraught with problems/difficulties/danger etc full of problems etc ▪ Their marriage has been fraught… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Fraught — Fraught, a. Freighted; laden; filled; stored; charged. [1913 Webster] A vessel of our country richly fraught. Shak. [1913 Webster] A discourse fraught with all the commending excellences of speech. South. [1913 Webster] Enterprises fraught with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fraught — [ frɔt ] adjective fraught with something full of problems, difficulties, or things that are confusing: a thousand word statement fraught with ambiguities 2. ) MAINLY BRITISH involving problems that worry you: Things have been a bit fraught at… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Fraught — Fraught, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fraughted} or {Fraught}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fraughting}.] [Akin to Dan. fragte, Sw. frakta, D. bevrachten, G. frachten, cf. OHG. fr[=e]ht[=o]n to deserve. See {Fraught}, n.] To freight; to load; to burden; to fill; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fraught — fraught·age; un·fraught; fraught; …   English syllables

  • fraught — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (fraught with) filled with (something undesirable). 2) causing or affected by anxiety or stress. ORIGIN from obsolete fraught «load with cargo», from Dutch vracht ship s cargo ; related to FREIGHT(Cf. ↑freight) …   English terms dictionary

  • fraught — [frôt] adj. [ME fraught, pp. of fraughten, to freight < MDu vrachten < vracht, a load < Gmc * fraaichtiz < * fra (akin to FOR1) + * aig , to have > Goth aigan, OWE] 1. filled, charged, or loaded (with) [a life fraught with… …   English World dictionary

  • Fraught — (fr[add]t), n. [OE.fraight, fraght; akin to Dan. fragt, Sw. frakt, D. vracht, G. fracht, cf. OHG. fr[=e]ht merit, reward; perh. from a pref. corresponding to E. for + The root of E. own. Cf. {Freight}.] A freight; a cargo. [Obs.] Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fraught — index full, replete Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fraught — [adj] full of abounding, attended, bristling, charged, filled, heavy, laden, replete, stuffed; concepts 483,771 Ant. empty …   New thesaurus

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