Definition of fraught in English:

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Pronunciation: /frôt/


1 [predicative] (fraught with) (Of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something undesirable): marketing any new product is fraught with danger
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  • It was always a course fraught with risk for him to do a media interview about a case over which he was still presiding.
  • Creating new ventures can be fraught with danger for academics.
  • Falling in love and getting married will be fraught with danger.
full of, filled with, rife with;
attended by, accompanied by
2Causing or affected by great anxiety or stress: there was a fraught silence she sounded a bit fraught
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  • Not a bad story for Scotland and Ireland working together on this very elaborate and, at times, highly fraught project.
  • She describes the experience of buying with friends as fraught.
  • In Scotland, the balance between the two is often a fraught one.
anxious, worried, stressed, upset, distraught, overwrought, worked up, antsy, agitated, distressed, distracted, desperate, frantic, panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicky;
beside oneself, at one's wits' end, at the end of one's tether/rope
informal wound up, in a state, in a flap, in a cold sweat, tearing one's hair out, having kittens


Late Middle English, 'laden, provided, equipped', past participle of obsolete fraught 'load with cargo,' from Middle Dutch vrachten, from vracht 'ship's cargo'. Compare with freight.

  • Something fraught is now usually filled with danger or anxiety, but at first the word simply meant ‘laden’ or ‘equipped’. It comes from medieval Dutch vracht ‘ship's cargo’, source also of freight (Late Middle English).

Words that rhyme with fraught

abort, apport, assort, athwart, aught, besought, bethought, bort, bought, brought, caught, cavort, comport, consort, contort, Cort, court, distraught, escort, exhort, export, extort, fort, fought, import, methought, misreport, mort, naught, nought, Oort, ought, outfought, port, Porte, purport, quart, rort, short, snort, sort, sought, sport, support, swart, taught, taut, thought, thwart, tort, transport, wart, wrought

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