affright

[ uh-frahyt ]
/ əˈfraɪt /
Archaic.

verb (used with object)

to frighten.

noun

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 formsself-af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for affright

affright

/ (əˈfraɪt) archaic, or poetic /

verb

(tr) to frighten

noun

a sudden terror

Word Origin for affright

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 affright

affright


v.

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.

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