4 letter word starting with fr

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
frab verb i. & t. To scold; to nag.
frap verb t. To draw together; to bind with a view to secure and strengthen, as a vessel by passing cables around it; to tighten; as a tackle by drawing the lines together., To brace by drawing together, as the cords of a drum.
fray noun Affray; broil; contest; combat., To frighten; to terrify; to alarm., To bear the expense of; to defray., To rub; to wear off, or wear into shreds, by rubbing; to fret, as cloth; as, a deer is said to fray her head., To rub., To wear out or into shreads, or to suffer injury by rubbing, as when the threads of the warp or of the woof wear off so that the cross threads are loose; to ravel; as, the cloth frays badly., A fret or chafe, as in cloth; a place injured by rubbing.
fred noun Peace; — a word used in composition, especially in proper names; as, Alfred; Frederic.
free superl. Exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one’s own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one’s own course of action; not dependent; at liberty., Not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty., Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master., Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go., Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; — said of the will., Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent., Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative., Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; — used in a bad sense., Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money., Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; — followed by from, or, rarely, by of., Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy., Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse., Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; — followed by of., Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; — said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed; as, a free school., Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift., Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; — said of a government, institutions, etc., Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage., Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren., Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells., Freely; willingly., Without charge; as, children admitted free., To make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to release; to disengage; to clear; — followed by from, and sometimes by off; as, to free a captive or a slave; to be freed of these inconveniences., To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of., To frank.
fren adjective A stranger.
fret noun See 1st Frith., To devour., To rub; to wear away by friction; to chafe; to gall; hence, to eat away; to gnaw; as, to fret cloth; to fret a piece of gold or other metal; a worm frets the plants of a ship., To impair; to wear away; to diminish., To make rough, agitate, or disturb; to cause to ripple; as, to fret the surface of water., To tease; to irritate; to vex., To be worn away; to chafe; to fray; as, a wristband frets on the edges., To eat in; to make way by corrosion., To be agitated; to be in violent commotion; to rankle; as, rancor frets in the malignant breast., To be vexed; to be chafed or irritated; to be angry; to utter peevish expressions., The agitation of the surface of a fluid by fermentation or other cause; a rippling on the surface of water., Agitation of mind marked by complaint and impatience; disturbance of temper; irritation; as, he keeps his mind in a continual fret., Herpes; tetter., The worn sides of river banks, where ores, or stones containing them, accumulate by being washed down from the hills, and thus indicate to the miners the locality of the veins., To ornament with raised work; to variegate; to diversify., Ornamental work in relief, as carving or embossing. See Fretwork., An ornament consisting of smmall fillets or slats intersecting each other or bent at right angles, as in classical designs, or at obilique angles, as often in Oriental art., The reticulated headdress or net, made of gold or silver wire, in which ladies in the Middle Ages confined their hair., A saltire interlaced with a mascle., A short piece of wire, or other material fixed across the finger board of a guitar or a similar instrument, to indicate where the finger is to be placed., To furnish with frets, as an instrument of music.
frim adjective Flourishing; thriving; fresh; in good case; vigorous.
frit verb t. The material of which glass is made, after having been calcined or partly fused in a furnace, but before vitrification. It is a composition of silex and alkali, occasionally with other ingredients., The material for glaze of pottery., To prepare by heat (the materials for making glass); to fuse partially., To fritter; — with away.
friz verb t. To curl or form into small curls, as hair, with a crisping pin; to crisp., To form into little burs, prominences, knobs, or tufts, as the nap of cloth., To soften and make of even thickness by rubbing, as with pumice stone or a blunt instrument., That which is frizzed; anything crisped or curled, as a wig; a frizzle.
froe noun A dirty woman; a slattern; a frow., An iron cleaver or splitting tool; a frow.
frog noun An amphibious animal of the genus Rana and related genera, of many species. Frogs swim rapidly, and take long leaps on land. Many of the species utter loud notes in the springtime., The triangular prominence of the hoof, in the middle of the sole of the foot of the horse, and other animals; the fourchette., A supporting plate having raised ribs that form continuations of the rails, to guide the wheels where one track branches from another or crosses it., An oblong cloak button, covered with netted thread, and fastening into a loop instead of a button hole., The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword., To ornament or fasten (a coat, etc.) with trogs. See Frog, n., 4.
from preposition Out of the neighborhood of; lessening or losing proximity to; leaving behind; by reason of; out of; by aid of; — used whenever departure, setting out, commencement of action, being, state, occurrence, etc., or procedure, emanation, absence, separation, etc., are to be expressed. It is construed with, and indicates, the point of space or time at which the action, state, etc., are regarded as setting out or beginning; also, less frequently, the source, the cause, the occasion, out of which anything proceeds; — the aritithesis and correlative of to; as, it, is one hundred miles from Boston to Springfield; he took his sword from his side; light proceeds from the sun; separate the coarse wool from the fine; men have all sprung from Adam, and often go from good to bad, and from bad to worse; the merit of an action depends on the principle from which it proceeds; men judge of facts from personal knowledge, or from testimony.
frow noun A woman; especially, a Dutch or German woman., A dirty woman; a slattern., A cleaving tool with handle at right angles to the blade, for splitting cask staves and shingles from the block; a frower., Brittle.