fearsome

[feer-suh m]

adjective

causing fear: a fearsome noise.
causing awe or respect: a fearsome self-confidence.
afraid; timid.

Nearby words

  1. fearful,
  2. fearfully,
  3. fearless,
  4. fearlessly,
  5. fearnought,
  6. fearsomely,
  7. feasance,
  8. feasibility,
  9. feasibility study,
  10. feasible

Origin of fearsome

First recorded in 1760–70; fear + -some1

Related formsfear·some·ly, adverbfear·some·ness, noun

Can be confusedfearful fearsome

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British Dictionary definitions for fearsome

fearsome

adjective

frightening
timorous; afraid
Derived Formsfearsomely, adverbfearsomeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fearsome

fearsome

adj.

1768, from fear + -some (1). Related: Fearsomely; fearsomeness.

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