verb (used with object)
Origin of fright
Examples from the Web for fright
Finally he grabs that blanket [and] I counted eight on one double mattress, eight children held together—dying of fright.
Take this sentence: "With the snake in sight, the horse reeled his paws in fright."
Kate got a fright when she thought she'd mislaid a family engagement ring that Prince William gave her in 2010.
Actress Emily Montague recalls how she survived the big vampire attack in 'Fright Night.'
Nonetheless, they should question the perspective and intentions of those on the fright wing they find common cause with.
Happie cried, crimson with anger and the reaction from her fright.Six Girls and Bob|Marion Ames Taggart
I am thinking of the old woman's fright, and their dismay at having to pay the damage.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood
I was in a kind of fright beyond my grief, and I caught hold of her dress and was kneeling to her.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
It means that he has lost the use of his tongue—probably from fright—but would like to write something.
I opened my eyes to find her bending over me with such a look of fright and remorse upon her face as I shall never forget.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for fright
Word Origin for fright
Word Origin and History for fright
Old English (Northumbrian) fryhto, metathesis of fyrhtu "fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight," from Proto-Germanic *furkhtaz "afraid" (cf. Old Saxon forhta, Old Frisian fruchte, Old High German forhta, German Furcht, Gothic faurhtei "fear"). Not etymologically related to the word fear, which superseded it 13c. as the principal word except in cases of sudden terror. For spelling evolution, see fight.