[ frahyt ]
/ fraɪt /


sudden and extreme fear; a sudden terror.
a person or thing of shocking, grotesque, or ridiculous appearance.

verb (used with object)

Origin of fright

before 900; Middle English; Old English frytu, fyrhto; akin to German Furcht

Related forms

self-fright·ed, adjectiveun·fright·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fright


/ (fraɪt) /


sudden intense fear or alarm
a sudden alarming shock
informal a horrifying, grotesque, or ludicrous person or thingshe looks a fright in that hat
take fright to become frightened


a poetic word for frighten

Word Origin for fright

Old English fryhto; related to Gothic faurhtei, Old Frisian fruchte, Old High German forhta
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