verb (used with object)

to frighten.


sudden fear or terror; fright.
a source of terror.
the act of terrifying.

Origin of affright

before 1000; Middle English afrighten, Old English āfyrhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + fyrhtan to fright
Related formsself-af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed, adjectiveun·af·fright·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unaffrighted

Historical Examples of unaffrighted

  • For an instant the dark-browed face scowled down into his unaffrighted eyes: it seemed as if Tim might kick him into the fire.

    His "Day In Court"

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • Or it needs the situation seen in Wales: her arms up and her unaffrighted eyes over the unappeasable growl.

  • Lucian's unaffrighted eyes blazed down, though his reply was as if to himself.

    Gideon's Band

    George W. Cable

  • Fierce, wild, but unaffrighted, his eye caught the glitter of the chain as the stranger held it out.

    The Kindred of the Wild

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • He tamed her, and she became his constant companion, unaffrighted even in the tumult of battle.

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

British Dictionary definitions for unaffrighted



(tr) to frighten


a sudden terror

Word Origin for affright

Old English āfyrhtan, from a-, a prefix indicating the beginning or end of an action + fyrhtan to fright
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Word Origin and History for unaffrighted



1580s, a late construction from a- (1) + fright (v.), probably on model of earlier past participle adjective affright "struck with sudden fear" (metathesized from Old English afyrht). Related: Affrighted; affrighting.

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