• (British) IPA: /fɹɔːt/
  • (America) IPA: /fɹɔt/, /fɹɑt/

fraught (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The hire of a ship or boat to transport cargo.
  2. (obsolete) Money paid to hire a ship or boat to transport cargo; freight
    fraught money.
  3. (obsolete) The transportation of goods, especially in a ship or boat.
  4. (obsolete) A ship's cargo, lading or freight.
  5. (Scotland) A load; a burden.
  6. (Scotland) Two bucketfuls (of water).
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fraught (fraughts, present participle fraughting; past and past participle fraughted)

  1. (transitive, obsolete except in past participle) To load (a ship, cargo etc.).
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To form the cargo of a vessel.
    • 1610, William Shakespeare, The Tempest
      Had I been any god of power, I would / Have sunk the sea within the earth, or e'er / It should the good ship so have swallow'd and / The fraughting souls within her.


  1. (of a cargo-carrier) Laden.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene viii]:
      a vessel of our country richly fraught
  2. (figuratively, with with) Loaded up or charged with; accompanied by; entailing.
    • a discourse fraught with all the commending excellences of speech
    • enterprises fraught with world-wide benefits
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 236d.
      […] all these matters are fraught with paradox, just as they always have been
  3. (with with) Furnished, equipped.
  4. Distressed or causing distress, for example through complexity.
    a fraught relationship; a fraught process
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