[ frahyt-nd ]
/ ˈfraɪt nd /


thrown into a fright; afraid; scared; terrified: a frightened child cowering in the corner.
afraid; fearful (usually followed by of): He has always been frightened of heights.

Origin of frightened

First recorded in 1715–25; frighten + -ed2

synonym study for frightened

2. See afraid.


fright·ened·ly, adverb un·fright·ened, adjective well-fright·ened, adjective

Words nearby frightened

Definition for frightened (2 of 2)

[ frahyt-n ]
/ ˈfraɪt n /

verb (used with object)

to make afraid or fearful; throw into a fright; terrify; scare.
to drive (usually followed by away, off, etc.) by scaring: to frighten away pigeons from the roof.

verb (used without object)

to become frightened: a timid child who frightens easily.

Origin of frighten

First recorded in 1660–70; fright + -en1

synonym study for frighten

1. Frighten, alarm, scare, terrify, terrorize, appall all mean to arouse fear in people or animals. To frighten is to shock with sudden, startling, but usually short-lived fear, especially that arising from the apprehension of physical harm: to frighten someone by a sudden noise. To alarm is to arouse the feelings through the realization of some imminent or unexpected danger: to alarm someone by a scream. To scare is to frighten, often without the presence of real danger: Horror movies really scare me. To terrify is to strike with violent, overwhelming, or paralyzing fear: to terrify a city by lawless acts. To terrorize is to terrify in a general, continued, systematic manner, either wantonly or in order to gain control: His marauding armies terrorized the countryside. To appall is to overcome or confound by dread, dismay, shock, or horror: The suffering caused by the earthquake appalled him.


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British Dictionary definitions for frightened

/ (ˈfraɪtən) /

verb (tr)

to cause fear in; terrify; scare
to drive or force to go (away, off, out, in, etc) by making afraid

Derived forms of frighten

frightened, adjective frightening, adjective frighteningly, adverb

Idioms and Phrases with frightened


see scare out of one's wits.