American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Filled with a specified element or elements; charged: an incident fraught with danger; an evening fraught with high drama.
- adj. Marked by or causing distress; emotional: "an account of a fraught mother-daughter relationship” ( Francesca Simon).
- n. Scots Freight; cargo.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A load; cargo; freight (of a ship).
- n. The sum paid for the transportation of a load or cargo. Compare fraught-money.
- To lade; load; freight (a ship).
- Figuratively, to fill; store; charge.
- To form or make up the freight of a vessel; constitute a vessel's freight or cargo.
- Freighted; laden; loaded; charged; replete: chiefly in figurative use: as, a vessel richly fraught with goods from India; a scheme fraught with mischief.
- n. obsolete The hire of a ship or boat to transport cargo.
- n. obsolete Money paid to hire a ship or boat to transport cargo; freight
- n. obsolete The transportation of goods, especially in a ship or boat.
- n. obsolete A ship's cargo, lading or freight.
- n. Scotland A load; a burden.
- n. Scotland Two bucketfuls (of water).
- v. transitive To load (a ship, cargo etc.).
- adj. Laden.
- adj. Furnished, equipped.
- adj. figuratively Loaded-up, charged or accompanied.
- adj. Distressed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A freight; a cargo.
- adj. Freighted; laden; filled; stored; charged.
- v. obsolete To freight; to load; to burden; to fill; to crowd.
- adj. filled with or attended with
- adj. marked by distress
- From Middle English, from Middle Dutch vracht or Middle Low German vracht ("freight money"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fra- (intensive prefix) + Proto-Germanic *aihtiz (“possession”), from Proto-Indo-European *eik'- (“to possess”). Cognate with Old High German frēht ("earnings"), Old English ǣht ("owndom"). More at for-, own. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, past participle of fraughten, to load, from fraght, cargo; see freight, and from Middle Dutch vrachten, to load (from vracht, freight; see aik- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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