Definition of fearful
- a fearful storm
- fearful for his safety
- a fearful glance
- a fearful waste
- fearful slum conditions
He plays the role of a timid and fearful clerk.
They won the war but at a fearful cost.
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: feeling fear
: showing or caused by fear
: very bad or extreme
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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