- The definition of dread is extreme fear, or a single dreadlock.
- An example of dread is someone being panicked with worry about the well-being of a loved one.
- An example of a dread is one of Bob Marley's dreadlocks.
- Dread is defined as being anxious or feeling extreme fear about doing something.
An example of dread is a parent being afraid to talk with their pre-teen child about puberty.
- Dread means to turn one's hair into dreadlocks.
An example of dread is not washing or brushing your hair until it is matted and shaped into locks.
- to anticipate with anxiety, alarm, or apprehension; fear intensely
- to face (something disagreeable) with reluctance
- Archaic to regard with awe
Origin of dreadMiddle English dreden ; from Late Old English (WS) drædan, aphetic for ondrædan (akin to Old Saxon andradan, Old High German intraten) ; from ond-, in, on, against + base ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- intense fear, esp. of something which may happen
- fear mixed with awe or reverence
- reluctance and uneasiness
- something dreaded
- Informal dreadlocks
- dreaded or dreadful
- inspiring awe or reverence; awesome
verbdread·ed, dread·ing, dreads
- To be in terror of; fear intensely: “What I most dreaded as a child was the close danger of the atomic bomb” (James Carroll).
- To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance: We dreaded the long drive home.
- Archaic To hold in awe or reverence.
- a. Profound fear; terror: “the dread of a fire that would end not just my life but everyone else's” (Jan Clausen).b. Fearful or anxious anticipation: the dread of saying something foolish on stage. See Synonyms at fear.c. An instance of fear or fearful anticipation: His dreads about school finally subsided.d. A source of fear, awe, or reverence: The author's greatest dread is that the book will go unnoticed.
- a. A dreadlock: She wears her hair in dreads.b. A person who wears dreadlocks.
- Archaic Awe; reverence.
- Causing terror or fear: a dread disease.
- Inspiring awe: the dread presence of the headmaster.
Origin of dreadMiddle English dreden, short for adreden, from Old English adr&aemac;dan, from ondr&aemac;dan, to advise against, fear : ond-, and-, against; see un–2 + r&aemac;dan, to advise; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dreads, present participle dreading, simple past and past participle dreaded)
(comparative dreader, superlative dreadest)
- Terrible; greatly feared.
- (archaic) Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.
Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan (“to fear, caution against”), aphetic form of ādrǣdan, ondrǣdan (“to advise or counsel against”); compare with Dutch ontraden (“to advise or counsel against”), from and- (“against”) + rǣdan (“to counsel, advise”). Akin to Old High German intrātan (“to fear”). More at read.