Simple Definition of fearful
: feeling fear
: showing or caused by fear
: very bad or extreme
Full Definition of fearful
1 : causing or likely to cause fear, fright, or alarm especially because of dangerous quality <a fearful storm>
2 a : full of fear <fearful for his safety> b : indicating or arising from fear <a fearful glance> c : inclined to fear : timorous
3 : very great or bad —used as an intensive <a fearful waste> <fearful slum conditions>
fearfullyplay \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
fearfulnessplay \-fəl-nəs\ noun
Examples of fearful in a sentence
He plays the role of a timid and fearful clerk.
They won the war but at a fearful cost.
First Known Use of fearful
Synonym Discussion of fearful
FEARFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of fearful for Students
1 : causing fear <the fearful roar of a lion>
2 : filled with fear <I was fearful of failing the test.>
3 : showing or caused by fear <a fearful expression>
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