(countable and uncountable, plural frights)
- A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm.
- Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion.
(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.