aghast

[ uh-gast, uh-gahst ]
/ əˈgæst, əˈgɑst /

adjective

struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror: They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.

QUIZZES

CAN YOU GUESS THESE WORDS FROM AROUND THE US?

American English is not always as it appears to be ... get to know regional words in this quiz!
Question 1 of 10
A bet is synonymous with a wager, but what does it mean in New York?

Origin of aghast

1225–75; Middle English agast frightened, past participle of agasten, equivalent to a-a-3 + gasten,Old English gǣstan to frighten, earlier *gāstjan<Germanic causative *gaistjan;see ghost
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for aghast

British Dictionary definitions for aghast

aghast
/ (əˈɡɑːst) /

adjective

(postpositive) overcome with amazement or horror

Word Origin for aghast

C13: agast, from Old English gæstan to frighten. The spelling with gh is on the model of ghastly
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