frightful
Pronunciation
  • enPR: frīt′fəl, IPA: /ˈfɹaɪtfəl/
Adjective

frightful

  1. (obsolete) Full of fright, whether
    1. Afraid, frightened.
      • c. 1250, Genesis and Exodus, line 3459:
        Ðis frigtful ðus a-biden,
        Quiles ðis daiȝes for ben gliden.
    2. Timid, fearful, easily frightened.
  2. Full of something causing fright, whether
    1. Genuinely horrific, awful, or alarming.
    2. (hyperbolic) Unpleasant, dreadful, awful (also used as an intensifier).
      • 1990, House of Cards, Season 1, Episode 1:
        Francis Urquhart: What a frightful little man. Where do they find them these days?
        Tim Stamper: God knows. If I had a dog like that, I'd shoot it.
        Francis Urquhart: Well, yes. Quite.
Synonyms Translations Translations Adverb

frightful

  1. (dialect) Frightfully; very.



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