• (America) enPR: frīt, IPA: /fɹaɪt/
  • (CA, Northern US) IPA: /fɹʌit/


  1. A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm.
  2. Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      Her maids were old, and if she took a new one,
      You might be sure she was a perfect fright;
      She did this during even her husband's life
      I recommend as much to every wife.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: пу́гало

fright (frights, present participle frighting; past and past participle frighted)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To frighten.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 2, scene 1], not you he [… ↗ That frights the maidens of the villagery […] ? page Are not you he […] That frights the maidens of the villagery […] ?]:


  1. (rare) frightened; afraid; affright

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