threatening

adjective threat·en·ing \ ˈthret-niŋ , ˈthre-tᵊn-iŋ \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of threatening

: expressing or suggesting a threat of harm, danger, etc.
  • received a threatening message
  • a threatening manner
: indicating or suggesting the approach of possible trouble or danger
  • saw threatening clouds on the horizon

threateningly

play \ˈthret-niŋ-lē, ˈthre-tᵊn-iŋ-\ adverb
    • gestured threateningly

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First Known Use of threatening

1530



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