From Middle English fraisten, freisten, frasten, from Old Norse freista (“to try, tempt, make trial of”), from Proto-Germanic *fraistōną (“to try”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to try, risk”). Cognate with Icelandic freista (“to tempt”), Swedish fresta (“to try, tempt, tantalise”), Danish friste (“to try, tempt”), Old English frāsian (“to ask, inquire, tempt, try”). More at fraise.
- (transitive, intransitive, UK dialectal) To try; test; prove; put to the proof; make trial (of).
- (transitive, UK dialectal) To learn by trial; experience.
- (transitive, obsolete) To seek to learn; ask; inquire.
- (transitive, obsolete) To seek; be eager for; desire.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To go forth on an expedition; sally forth.
fraist (plural fraists)
- (obsolete) A test; test of strength or will power; an attack
- Þis castel es of loue and grace..Of enmye dredis it na fraist. — Cursor Mundi