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[uh-frahyt] /əˈfraɪt/ Archaic.
verb (used with object)
to frighten.
sudden fear or terror; fright.
a source of terror.
the act of terrifying.
Origin of affright
before 1000; Middle English afrighten, Old English āfyrhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + fyrhtan to fright
Related forms
self-affrighted, adjective
unaffrighted, adjective
unaffrightedly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for affrighted
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  • He paused, while Margaret and Peter stared at each other affrighted.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • Her soul was affrighted by the curse that had been hurled upon it.

  • At that instant Drayton's eyes were riveted on the skylight with an affrighted stare.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • A thunderbolt had fallen at Mychowski's feet and he was affrighted.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • And the visitors gazed at each other in startled, affrighted silence.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Amid the babel of the schools we stand bewildered and affrighted.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

  • Loki was affrighted to find the thing of his own weaving brought against him.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • He would have struck at Lois if she had not shrunk back, dismayed and affrighted.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • She stood among them, amazed, awe-stricken, but not like one affrighted or dismayed.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for affrighted


(transitive) to frighten
a sudden terror
Word Origin
Old English āfyrhtan, from a-, a prefix indicating the beginning or end of an action + fyrhtan to fright
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Word Origin and History for affrighted



1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on model of earlier past participle adjective affright "struck with sudden fear" (metathesized from Old English afyrht). Related: Affrighted; affrighting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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