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fright

[ frahyt ]
/ fraɪt /
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noun
sudden and extreme fear; a sudden terror.
a person or thing of shocking, grotesque, or ridiculous appearance.
verb (used with object)
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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 FROM fright

self-frighted, adjectiveun·fright·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fright

fright
/ (fraɪt) /

noun
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
verb
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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