To arouse fear in; terrify.
Great fear; terror.
A cause of terror.
(archaic) To frighten; terrify.
(archaic) Great fright or terror, or a cause of terror.
Origin of affright
- Middle English afrighten from Old English āfyrhtan ā- intensive pref. fyrhtan to frighten (from fyrhto fright)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan, from ā- + fyrhtan (to frighten), from fyrhto (fright).