- 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 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.
- 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 definition by Webster's New World
- to anticipate with anxiety, alarm, or apprehension; fear intensely
- to face (something disagreeable) with reluctance
- Archaic to regard with awe
Origin: Middle 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 plush 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
dread definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb dread·ed, dread·ing, dreads verb, transitive
- To be in terror of.
- To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance: dreaded the long drive home.
- Archaic To hold in awe or reverence.
- Profound fear; terror.
- Fearful or distasteful anticipation. See Synonyms at fear.
- An object of fear, awe, or reverence.
- Archaic Awe; reverence.
- Causing terror or fear: a dread disease.
- Inspiring awe: the dread presence of the headmaster.
Origin: Middle English dreden, short for adreden, from Old English adrǣdan, from ondrǣdan, to advise against, fear : ond-, and-, against; see un-2 + rǣdan, to advise; see ar- in Indo-European roots.