Fright is defined as sudden fear or apprehension, or is a person who looks startling or ridiculous.noun
- 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: ME < OE fyrhto, fryhto, fear, akin to Ger furcht, fear, Goth faúrhts < IE base *perg-, fear, to be afraid
Origin: ME frighten < OE fyrhtan
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- Sudden intense fear, as of something immediately threatening; alarm. See Synonyms at fear.
- Informal Something extremely unsightly, alarming, or strange: Brush your hair; you look a fright.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English fyrhto, fryhto. V., from Middle English frighten, to frighten, be afraid, from Old English fyrhtan.