- 1 (fraught with) (Of a situation or course of action) filled with (something undesirable): marketing any new product is fraught with dangerMore example sentences
- 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 fraughtMore example sentences
anxious, worried, upset, distraught, overwrought, agitated, distressed, distracted, desperate, frantic, panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicky; 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
- 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.
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.