- to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare.
- to drive (usually followed by away, off, etc.) by scaring: to frighten away pigeons from the roof.
- to become frightened: a timid child who frightens easily.
Origin of frighten
Synonyms for frightenSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for frighteninglyseverely, furiously, brutally, viciously, passionately, forcefully, frantically, angrily, madly, wildly, boldly, savagely, mightily, vehemently, ferociously, awfully, forcibly, hard, impetuously, monstrous
Examples from the Web for frighteningly
Contemporary Examples of frighteningly
Published in 1886, this remains a frighteningly accurate portrait of the alcoholic personality.The 10 Best Books on Literary Drunkenness
December 28, 2013
A woman in a cupcake of a wedding dress, with her wedding party behind her, stands against a frighteningly bruise-hued sky.Photographer Raymond Depardon Captures the ‘Sweet Moments’
November 15, 2013
Presumed to be infected with tuberculosis—potentially fatal and frighteningly infectious—she and Kowerski were released.World War II’s Most Glamorous Spy: Christine Granville
July 7, 2013
Tough, frighteningly ambitious, politically savvy, and willing to take outsize risks.The Brutal Fall of Brazilian Billionaire Eike Batista
June 25, 2013
That high falsetto is frighteningly convincing, which raises the question: could a man really have pulled it off?Listen Here: Voicemails From Manti Te’o’s ‘Girlfriend’
January 24, 2013
Historical Examples of frighteningly
Surprisingly, frighteningly light they were, as if filled with cotton.Valley of the Croen
He was walking in that frighteningly slow, measured way toward the village.Shaman
The backward vista down the years is too frighteningly long.The Belovd Vagabond
William J. Locke
And instantly he remembered that Jill was very near the place where frighteningly impossible things were happening.Operation Terror
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The staff broke into a frighteningly off-key rendition of "Happy Birthday to You."The Great Gray Plague
Raymond F. Jones
- to cause fear in; terrify; scare
- to drive or force to go (away, off, out, in, etc) by making afraid
see scare out of one's wits.