[ frahyt ]
See synonyms for: frightfrightedfrighting on

  1. sudden and extreme fear; a sudden terror.

  2. a person or thing of shocking, grotesque, or ridiculous appearance.

verb (used with object)

Origin of fright

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

synonym study For fright

1. See terror.

Other words for fright

Other words from fright

  • self-frighted, adjective
  • un·fright·ed, adjective

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How to use fright in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fright


/ (fraɪt) /

  1. sudden intense fear or alarm

  2. a sudden alarming shock

  1. informal a horrifying, grotesque, or ludicrous person or thing: she looks a fright in that hat

  2. take fright to become frightened

  1. a poetic word for frighten

Origin of fright

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

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