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frightful

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adjective fright·ful \ˈfrīt-fəl\

Simple Definition of frightful

  • : causing fear

  • : very bad or shocking

  • : very strong

Full Definition of frightful

  1. 1 :  causing intense fear or alarm :  terrifying

  2. 2 :  startling especially in being bad or objectionable <a frightful novel>

  3. 3 :  extreme <frightful thirst>

fright·ful·ly play \-fə-lē\ adverb
fright·ful·ness noun

Examples of frightful

  1. As he fell, he let out a frightful scream.

  2. a frightful illness that causes extreme pain

  3. The children made a frightful mess of the kitchen.

  4. Many critics have expressed shock at the song's frightful lyrics.



1607

First Known Use of frightful

1607

Rhymes with frightful



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