This woman has had a fright.
- A ghost that causes you to feel extremely scared is an example of a fright.
- A person who is messy, wearing unkempt and mismatched clothes with unbrushed hair is an example of someone who looks a fright.
- A feeling of terror you get when you see a ghost is an example of fright.
- sudden fear or terror; alarm
- an ugly, ridiculous, startling, or unusual person or thing
Origin of frightMiddle English from Old English fyrhto, fryhto, fear, akin to German furcht, fear, Gothic faúrhts from Indo-European base an unverified form perg-, fear, to be afraid
Origin of frightME frighten < OE fyrhtan
- Sudden intense fear, as of something immediately threatening. See Synonyms at fear.
- Informal Something extremely unsightly, alarming, or strange: Brush your hair; you look a fright.
transitive verbfright·ed, fright·ing, frights Archaic
Origin of frightMiddle English from Old English fyrhto, fryhto V., from Middle English frighten to frighten, be afraid from Old English fyrhtan
(countable and uncountable, plural frights)
(third-person singular simple present frights, present participle frighting, simple past and past participle frighted)
- (archaic) to frighten
From Middle English fright, furht, from Old English fryhtu, fyrhto (“fright, fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight”), from Proto-Germanic *furhtį̄ (“fear”), from Proto-Indo-European *perg- (“to frighten; fear”).
Cognate with Scots fricht (“fright”), Old Frisian fruchte (“fright”), Low German frucht (“fright”), Middle Dutch vrucht, German Furcht (“fear, fright”), Danish frygt (“fear”), Swedish fruktan (“fear, fright, dread”), Gothic (faurhtei, “fear, horror, fright”). Albanian frikë (“fear, fright, dread, danger”) and Romanian frică (“fear, fright, dread”) are also cognates, although probably influenced by an early Germanic variant.