frightful

[ frahyt-fuhl ]
/ ˈfraɪt fəl /

adjective

such as to cause fright; dreadful, terrible, or alarming: A frightful howl woke us.
horrible, shocking, or revolting: The storm did frightful damage.
Informal. unpleasant; disagreeable: We had a frightful time.
Informal. very great; extreme: That actor is very talented but a frightful ham.

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Origin of frightful

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at fright, -ful

OTHER WORDS FROM frightful

fright·ful·ly, adverbfright·ful·ness, nounun·fright·ful, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for frightful

frightful
/ (ˈfraɪtfʊl) /

adjective

very alarming, distressing, or horrifying
unpleasant, annoying, or extremea frightful hurry

Derived forms of frightful

frightfulness, noun
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