Definition of fraught in English:


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Pronunciation: /frɔːt


1 (fraught with) (Of a situation or course of action) filled with (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.
2Causing or affected by 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.
beside oneself, at one's wits' end, at the end of one's tether, out of one's mind
informal stressed, hassled, wound up, worked up, in a state, in a flap, in a cold sweat, tearing one's hair out
British informal having kittens, in a flat spin, stressy


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

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