- sudden and extreme fear; a sudden terror.
- a person or thing of shocking, grotesque, or ridiculous appearance.
- to frighten.
Origin of fright
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Examples from the Web for fright
Finally he grabs that blanket [and] I counted eight on one double mattress, eight children held together—dying of fright.Introducing Tzipi Livni to the Occupation
October 1, 2013
Take this sentence: "With the snake in sight, the horse reeled his paws in fright."Why Do We Want Prices in Health Care?
February 27, 2013
Kate got a fright when she thought she'd mislaid a family engagement ring that Prince William gave her in 2010.Pip's Pranks
April 20, 2012
Actress Emily Montague recalls how she survived the big vampire attack in 'Fright Night.'Colin Farrell Licked Me!
August 19, 2011
Nonetheless, they should question the perspective and intentions of those on the fright wing they find common cause with.Return of the Confederacy
February 25, 2010
In its fright, it had probably mistaken us for a band of buffalo.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
They said to my face that I was a beauty; at Mr. Jones's, they said I was a fright.
I shall get no sleep to-night and to-morrow look like a fright to pay for it—no!
Now that she has reached the stage of fright, I have great fun with her.
It is nothing but nervousness and fright at that horrible firing.In the Midst of Alarms
- sudden intense fear or alarm
- a sudden alarming shock
- informal a horrifying, grotesque, or ludicrous person or thingshe looks a fright in that hat
- take fright to become frightened
- a poetic word for frighten
Word Origin and History for fright
Old English (Northumbrian) fryhto, metathesis of fyrhtu "fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight," from Proto-Germanic *furkhtaz "afraid" (cf. Old Saxon forhta, Old Frisian fruchte, Old High German forhta, German Furcht, Gothic faurhtei "fear"). Not etymologically related to the word fear, which superseded it 13c. as the principal word except in cases of sudden terror. For spelling evolution, see fight.