Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International 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 Fright, n., and cf. Frighten.] To alarm suddenly; to shock by causing sudden fear; to terrify; to scare.
Nor exile or danger can fright a brave spirit.
Syn: To affright; dismay; daunt; intimidate.
Fright \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.]
A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm.
Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion. [Colloq.]
Syn: Alarm; terror; consternation. See Alarm.
Fright may refer to:
- Fright (fear), a state of extreme fear
- Fright (comics), a comic book villainess
- Fright (film), a 1971 slasher film
Fright, real name Dr. Linda Friitawa, is a fictional character in the DC universe. She first appeared in Batman #627 (April 2004)
Fright is a 1971 British thriller film starring Susan George, Ian Bannen, Honor Blackman, and John Gregson.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Middle English freiht, fright, from Old English (Northumbrian) fryhto, metathesis of Old English fyrhtu "fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight," from Proto-Germanic *furkhtaz "afraid" (cognates: Old Saxon forhta, Old Frisian fruchte, Old High German forhta, German Furcht, Gothic faurhtei "fear"). Not etymologically related to the word fear, which superseded it 13c. as the principal word except in cases of sudden terror. For spelling evolution, see fight (v.).
"to frighten," Middle English, from Old English fyrhtan "to terrify, fill with fear," from the source of fright (n.). Old English also had forhtian "be afraid, become full of fear, tremble," but the primary sense of the verb in Middle English was "to make afraid."
n. 1 A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm. 2 Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion. vb. (context archaic English) to frighten
Usage examples of "fright".
V With shudders chill as aconite, The couchant chewer of the cud Will start at times in pussy fright Before the dogs, when reads her sprite The streaks predicting streams of blood.
He thought angrily of the pleasure he would have at seeing the fright of that small and frail but proud man when covered by his pistol, and then he felt with surprise that of all the men he knew there was none he would so much like to have for a friend as that very adjutant whom he so hated.
The fright sent an electric shock through me, and my hair began to stand on end.
I went to the place beside the bed where she had thrown it down, and as soon as she saw me touching it she begged me in a fright not to do so, as it was not clean.
Whin Dennis seen him, begob, he kivered his face wid his hands and turned on the breast av him, and roared wid fright like a bull.
But having started himself precipitately, he took rank among independent incomes, as they are called, only to take fright at the perils of starvation besetting one who has been tempted to abandon the source of fifty per cent.
But it was no more like the true play of Shakespeare the poet, according to their account, than a duddy betheral, set up to fright the sparrows from the peas, is like a living gentleman.
Lifeless black eyes stared back at Khamisi, too wide, appearing frozen in fright.
Then she jumped in fright as Tagwen stood up suddenly next to her, rubbing at his bleary eyes.
In leaving he had to push his way through a crowd of move-overs, all bleating with fright and trying to crowd inside to be close to their friend Charlie.
Carefully peering into the box he saw Blinky, shuddering with fright, one paw raised, ready to scratch.
There was even one of Maggie, looking like a bosomy Wonder Woman in a fright wig, waving the Stars and Stripes in one hand and a Tommy gun in the other.
There, cavorting and frolicking in the hot mineral pools amid petrified crystal waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs, he succeeded in forgetting all about the laughter of Rhodesand Chian ships which gave him the fright of his life.
She therefore no sooner opened the door, and saw her master standing by the bedside in his shirt, with a candle in his hand, than she started back in a most terrible fright, and might perhaps have swooned away, had he not now recollected his being undrest, and put an end to her terrors by desiring her to stay without the door till he had thrown some cloathes over his back, and was become incapable of shocking the pure eyes of Mrs.
We were in the habit of walking to a farm which was about half a league distant by the road, but the distance could be reduced by half by going over a deep and miry ditch across which a narrow plank was thrown, and I always insisted upon going that way, in spite of the fright of the ladies who always trembled on the narrow bridge, although I never failed to cross the first, and to offer my hand to help them over.