- causing fright; terrifying; alarming
- shocking; terrible
- unpleasant; annoying
- great: in a frightful hurry
- Causing disgust or shock; horrifying.
- Causing fright; terrifying.
- Informal a. Excessive; extreme: a frightful liar.b. Disagreeable; distressing: frightful weather.
(comparative more frightful, superlative most frightful)
- Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.
- Used as an intensifier
- We wasted a frightful amount of money on renovations.
From Middle English frightful (“afraid”), from Old English forhtful (“fainthearted, timorous”), equivalent to fright + -ful.
- The jobbing was frightful, and is probably inseparable from wholesale operations of this kind.
- Frightful executions in the island followed his fall.
- It was this character of Sicily which led to its one frightful piece of local history.
- In 1084 the Seljuk Turks captured it but held it only fourteen years, yielding place to the crusaders, who besieged it for nine months, enduring frightful sufferings.
- Under such a system the most frightful excesses were possible and many cases of brutal cruelty were laid bare.