[ uh-frahyt ]
/ əˈfraɪt /

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-af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for affright


/ (əˈfraɪt) archaic, or poetic /


(tr) to frighten


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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