fearsome

[ feer-suh m ]
/ ˈfɪər səm /

adjective

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

Origin of fearsome

First recorded in 1760–70; fear + -some1

OTHER WORDS FROM fearsome

fear·some·ly, adverbfear·some·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fearsome

fearful fearsome
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British Dictionary definitions for fearsome

fearsome
/ (ˈfɪəsəm) /

adjective

frightening
timorous; afraid

Derived forms of fearsome

fearsomely, adverbfearsomeness, noun
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