Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To drive off; frighten away; put to flight.
  • To drive; compel; urge.
  • To beat; whip; chastise.
  • To vex; worry; harass; plague; tease; disturb.
  • To do for; settle or finish.
  • To fret; be in a fume; worry: as, she frets and feezes.
  • noun A race; a run; a running start, as for a leap.
  • noun Vexation; worry; fret.
  • To sneeze.
  • To dawdle; loiter.
  • To screw; twist; tighten by screwing.
  • To untwist the end of (anything made of threads or fibers); ravel out.
  • To untwist; ravel out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb Scot To turn, as a screw.
  • transitive verb obsolete To beat; to chastise; to humble; to worry.
  • transitive verb [Obs.] to work into a passion.
  • noun Fretful excitement. [Obs.] See feaze.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete fretful excitement
  • noun a race; a run; a running start, as for a leap
  • noun vexation; worry; fret
  • verb to drive off; frighten away; put to flight

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English fēsian ("to drive away, put to flight")

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