I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fyrhto, fryhto; akin to Old High German forhta fear Date: before 12th century 1. fear excited by sudden danger ; alarm <
gave me quite a fright
2. something strange, ugly, or shocking Synonyms: see fear II. transitive verb Date: before 12th century to alarm suddenly ; frighten

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  • fright — [fraıt] n [: Old English; Origin: fyrhto] 1.) [singular, U] a sudden feeling of fear ▪ You gave me such a fright creeping up on me like that! get/have a fright ▪ I got an awful fright when I realised how much money I owed. with fright ▪ He was… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fright — [ fraıt ] noun 1. ) count an experience that makes you feel suddenly afraid: SCARE: I got such a fright when Joe burst through the door. Sorry, I didn t mean to give you a fright. a ) uncount a sudden strong feeling of being afraid: FEAR: I… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fright — ► NOUN 1) a sudden intense feeling of fear. 2) an experience causing fright; a shock. ● look a fright Cf. ↑look a fright ● take fright Cf. ↑take fright …   English terms dictionary

  • Fright — Fright, v. t. [imp. {Frighted}; p. pr. & vb. n.. {Frighting}.] [OE. frigten to fear, frighten, AS. fyrhtan to frighten, forhtian to fear; akin to OS. forhtian, OHG. furihten, forahtan, G. f[ u]rchten, Sw. frukta, Dan. frygte, Goth. faurhtjan. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fright — is a state of extreme fear of something that is strange, ugly or shocking. It may also refer to:*Fright (comics), a comic book villainess * Fright (film), a 1971 slasher film …   Wikipedia

  • Fright — (fr[imac]t), n. [OE. frigt, freyht, AS. fyrhto, fyrhtu; akin to OS. forhta, OHG. forhta, forahta, G. furcht, Dan. frygt, Sw. fruktan, Goth. fa[ u]rhtei fear, fa[ u]rhts timid.] [1913 Webster] 1. A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fright — n alarm, consternation, panic, *fear, dread, dismay, terror, horror, trepidation Analogous words: scaring or scare, startling, affrighting, frightening (see corresponding verbs at FRIGHTEN): appalling, horrifying, daunting (see DISMAY vb) fright… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fright — [n1] extreme apprehension alarm, cold sweat*, consternation, dismay, dread, fear, horror, panic, quaking, scare, shiver, shock, terror, trepidation, trepidity; concept 410 Ant. fearlessness fright [n2] horrifying or unpleasant sight bother,… …   New thesaurus

  • fright — I noun affright, agitation, alarm, anxiety, apprehension, consternation, cowardice, dismay, disquietude, dread, extreme fear, fear, fear of danger, horror, intimidation, misgiving, panic, pavor, phobia, scare, sudden terror, terror, trepidation… …   Law dictionary

  • fright — (n.) O.E. (Northumbrian) fryhto, metathesis of fyrhtu fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight, from P.Gmc. *furkhtaz afraid (Cf. O.S. forhta, O.Fris. fruchte, O.H.G. forhta, Ger. Furcht, Goth. faurhtei fear ). Not etymologically related to the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fright — [frīt] n. [ME < OE fyrhto, fryhto, fear, akin to Ger furcht, fear, Goth faúrhts < IE base * perg , fear, to be afraid] 1. sudden fear or terror; alarm 2. an ugly, ridiculous, startling, or unusual person or thing vt. [ME frighten < OE… …   English World dictionary

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