Dictionary.com

affright

[ uh-frahyt ]
/ əˈfraɪt /
Archaic.
Save This Word!

verb (used with object)
to frighten.
noun
sudden fear or terror; fright.
a source of terror.
the act of terrifying.
QUIZ
CUDDLE UP! A COZY QUIZ ON FALL WORDS HAS ARRIVED
If autumn is your ideal season, spice up your repertoire of "fall" vocabulary with this quiz on some warm and vivid descriptive words for the season.
Question 1 of 10
Which of the following words means “to make a crackling sound; crackle”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of affright

before 1000; Middle English afrighten,Old English āfyrhtan, equivalent to ā-a-3 + fyrhtan to fright

OTHER WORDS FROM affright

self-af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use affright in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK