frightening

adjective fright·en·ing \ ˈfrī-tᵊn-iŋ , ˈfrīt-niŋ \

Definition of frightening

: causing fear
  • frightening news
  • a very frightening experience
  • The man with red eyes made the frightening grimace that passed for his smile.
  • —Madeleine L'Engle
  • For a man who had tussled with crocs, venomous snakes and other frightening creatures, this was going to be a leisurely swim.
  • —Jennifer Wulff et al.

Origin and Etymology of frightening

from present participle of frighten



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