frightened

adjective
fright·​ened | \ ˈfrī-tᵊnd How to pronounce frightened (audio) \

Definition of frightened

: feeling fear : made to feel afraid a badly frightened child The farmer was hurrying out into the road, and his wife was standing at the gate, looking very frightened.— Anna Sewell

First Known Use of frightened

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frightened

from past participle of frighten

Learn More About frightened

Time Traveler for frightened

Time Traveler

The first known use of frightened was in 1591

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near frightened

frighten away/off

frightened

frightenedly

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for frightened

Cite this Entry

“Frightened.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frightened. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on frightened

Nglish: Translation of frightened for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of frightened for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!