Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the ash, ash-tree.
  • v. to ask, inquire; demand.
  • v. to question; to ask questions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ask.
  • n. The ash; the ash-tree.
  • n. They founde Firumbas thar a lay vndre a tre of frayne.

Etymologies

From Middle English frainen, freinen ("to ask"), from Old English freġnan, friġnan ("to ask, inquire, learn"), from Proto-Germanic *fregnanan (“to ask”), from Proto-Indo-European *preḱ- (“to ask, woo”). Cognate with Icelandic fregna ("to ask, inquire"), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌷𐌽𐌰𐌽 (fraihnan, "to ask"). Related also to Dutch vragen ("to ask"), German fragen ("to ask"), Norwegian frega ("to ask"), Latin precor ("ask, beseech"), Albanian preh ("rest, burial, tomb"), Lithuanian prašyti ("to request"), Polish prosić ("to request"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English frayne ("ash-tree"), from Old French fraisne, fresne ("ash-tree"), from Latin fraxinus ("ash-tree"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Dese are prolly the folks whose childers are too frain to walk the 300 yards to the bus stop so Mom drives der pitifull lil butts up there and then waits wid dem in the SUV wid the engine running.

    Guess which one - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • "I will re-frain from further demands," Mentia said, and gave the body back to Metria.

    Roc and a Hard Place

  • As for courage, I had, as I have since discovered, just as much of it as serve'd my turn, and not one frain of surplus.

    The Monastery

  • Eleven inches (29 centimeters) of frain fell in less than 24 hours, and more rain began falling early Wednesday.

    Latest Headlines - ABC 7 News

  • Eleven inches (29 centimeters) of frain fell in less than 24 hours, and more rain was expected.

    daytondailynews.com - News

  • Whe n te ac hing one partic ular subje c t, to re frain from ridic uling or unde rm ining the im portanc e of othe r subje c ts, the se afte r all m ay also be for the stude nt to late r pe rhaps le arn.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

  • As I have not heard that either have been requested or obtaind, I cannot re - frain from addressing you on the subject.

    Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society

  • As for courage, I had, as I have since discovered, just as much of it as serve’d my turn, and not one frain of surplus.

    The Monastery

  • I would like to ask that how long time does it take to get an accurate reading result to measure the glucos (sugar) level in blood after you having a meal, some they said 1 hour after beak-fast will give an accurate result, how this is true or accurate? does any drinks or some fruits, water etc during this hour will effect the reading result? or to get best result after meal must keep stop eating or drink anything to get the accurate results? and what about other meals? like the afternoon meal "lunch"? and dinner? it takes the same period of time? and much re-frain from any snacks, fruits, hot. soft drink, water etc ...? this is about the measure each type of meal and make own schedule what are the foods that could increase a high level of sugar etc.. then follow on the lowest or nearest to the optimal level,

    Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions

  • E. Langlois, "Table des noms propres de toute nature compris dans les chansons de geste" (Paris, 1904).] [Footnote 140: There is a similar picket fence topped with helmets in the "Las de la Mule sanz frain", v. 433 (ed.

    Four Arthurian Romances

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.