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From Middle English fracchen (to make a harsh or strident noise; creak). Cognate with Scots fratch (to quarrel).


fratch (plural fratches)

  1. (Britain) A dispute, a quarrel; a fight or brawl.
    • 1854, Charles Dickens, Hard Times
      I ha' never had no fratch afore, sin ever I were born, wi' any o' my like; Gonnows I ha' none now that's o' my makin'.

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fratch (third-person singular simple present fratches, present participle fratching, simple past and past participle fratched)

  1. (Britain, Yorkshire) To argue, to quarrel; to fight.


  • Middle English Dictionary, Hans Kurath, 2001, University of Michigan Press.
  • Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Walter W. Skeat, 1998, Wordsworth Editions Ltd.