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Definition of "fright" []

  • Sudden intense fear, as of something immediately threatening; alarm. See Synonyms at fear. (noun)
  • Informal Something extremely unsightly, alarming, or strange: Brush your hair; you look a fright. (noun)
  • Archaic To frighten. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fright" in a sentence
  • "-- "But consider the fright your honor put us into," replied Pat, -- "_consider the fright_!""
  • "McWhorter speculates on a possible connection between certain Germanic and Semitic roots, such as the English word fright compared with the Semitic root p-r-kh meaning "to fear.""
  • ""Not what I call a fright," he asserted in an even tone."