Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A superstitious notion or belief with respect to any action or event as a good or a bad omen.
  • noun A superstitious observance or practice.

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

  • verb Alternative simple past of fret.
  • noun A superstitious notion or belief with respect to any action or event as a good or a bad omen; a superstition.
  • noun A superstitious rite, observance, wont, or practise.
  • noun A charm.

Etymologies

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From Middle English frete ("superstition"), from Old Norse frétt ("news, intelligence, inquiry, inquiry about the future"), related to Icelandic frétt ("news"), Icelandic frétta ("to review"), Danish and Norwegian fritte ("to question, interrogate"), English frain ("to question"). More at frain.

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