menacing

adjective
men·​ac·​ing | \ ˈme-nə-siŋ How to pronounce menacing (audio) \

Definition of menacing

: presenting, suggesting, or constituting a menace or threat : threatening a menacing look menacing words [Harold E. Edgerton] … was also one of the first to take photographs of the menacing mushroom cloud emanating from a nuclear blast.— Benjamin Genocchio Ransomware is a menacing scam that involves locking businesses out of their computers and demanding payment of a ransom in exchange for the return of company systems and data.— Roger Williams The image is chilling: a series of menacing bear traps laid out like footsteps.— Emily DeNitto

Other Words from menacing

menacingly adverb
A man stepped menacingly from the corner brandishing a long pole … — Elizabeth George Speare "If you shout his name I will curse you into oblivion," muttered Tonks menacingly — J. K. Rowling

First Known Use of menacing

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for menacing

Middle English manacyng, from present participle of manacen "to menace entry 2"

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“Menacing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/menacing. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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