- fright wig,
- frigid zone,
Origin of frightful
Examples from the Web for frightful
All these frightful trends are already emerging—and they will accelerate every day that the diplomatic wrangling continues.Shaming Russia for Arming Assad Won’t Help End Syria’s Civil War|Tamara Cofman Wittes|June 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
When the weather outside is frightful, board a plane and head to Florida.
Today, it's worlds away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time.
Once there was a frightful detonation not far away from where the boys huddled aboard the little motorboat.Motor Boat Boys Down the Danube|Louis Arundel
Never but once was recorded so frightful a leap as that of Tabaro and his four companions.The Spanish Pioneers|Charles F. Lummis
They reached the bottom without accident; then plunged with frightful speed into the street most crowded with soldiers.The Usurper|Judith Gautier
Then all at once a frightful suspicion arose in my mind: Madam Land had cut off Carolus' head!What Happened to Inger Johanne|Dikken Zwilgmeyer
Each of the points was the focus of frightful and singular pangs.Sea Stories|Various
mid-13c., "timid;" c.1600 "alarming;" from fright + -ful. In common with most -ful adjectives, it once had both an active and passive sense. Meaning "dreadful, horrible, shocking" (often hyperbolic) is attested from c.1700; Johnson noted it as "a cant word among women for anything unpleasing." Related: Frightfully.