fright

fright
[[t]fra͟ɪt[/t]]
frights
1) N-UNCOUNT Fright is a sudden feeling of fear, especially the fear that you feel when something unpleasant surprises you.

The steam pipes rattled suddenly, and Franklin uttered a shriek and jumped with fright...

The birds smashed into the top of their cages in fright...

To hide my fright I asked a question.

2) N-COUNT: usu sing A fright is an experience which makes you suddenly afraid.

The snake picked up its head and stuck out its tongue which gave everyone a fright...

The last time you had a real fright, you nearly crashed the car.

Syn:
3) PHRASE: V inflects If a person or animal takes fright at something, they are suddenly frightened by it, and want to run away or to stop doing what they are doing.
the fright of your lifesee life

An untrained horse had taken fright at the sound of gunfire...

When costs soared, the studio took fright and recalled the company from Rome.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • fright — [fraıt] n [: Old English; Origin: fyrhto] 1.) [singular, U] a sudden feeling of fear ▪ You gave me such a fright creeping up on me like that! get/have a fright ▪ I got an awful fright when I realised how much money I owed. with fright ▪ He was… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fright — [ fraıt ] noun 1. ) count an experience that makes you feel suddenly afraid: SCARE: I got such a fright when Joe burst through the door. Sorry, I didn t mean to give you a fright. a ) uncount a sudden strong feeling of being afraid: FEAR: I… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fright — ► NOUN 1) a sudden intense feeling of fear. 2) an experience causing fright; a shock. ● look a fright Cf. ↑look a fright ● take fright Cf. ↑take fright …   English terms dictionary

  • Fright — Fright, v. t. [imp. {Frighted}; p. pr. & vb. n.. {Frighting}.] [OE. frigten to fear, frighten, AS. fyrhtan to frighten, forhtian to fear; akin to OS. forhtian, OHG. furihten, forahtan, G. f[ u]rchten, Sw. frukta, Dan. frygte, Goth. faurhtjan. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fright´en|er — fright|en «FRY tuhn», transitive verb. 1. to fill with fright; make afraid; scare or terrify: »Thunder and lightning frighten most children and many adults. 2. to drive or force by terrifying: »The sudden noise frightened the deer away. –v.i. to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fright|en — «FRY tuhn», transitive verb. 1. to fill with fright; make afraid; scare or terrify: »Thunder and lightning frighten most children and many adults. 2. to drive or force by terrifying: »The sudden noise frightened the deer away. –v.i. to become… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fright — is a state of extreme fear of something that is strange, ugly or shocking. It may also refer to:*Fright (comics), a comic book villainess * Fright (film), a 1971 slasher film …   Wikipedia

  • Fright — (fr[imac]t), n. [OE. frigt, freyht, AS. fyrhto, fyrhtu; akin to OS. forhta, OHG. forhta, forahta, G. furcht, Dan. frygt, Sw. fruktan, Goth. fa[ u]rhtei fear, fa[ u]rhts timid.] [1913 Webster] 1. A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fright — n alarm, consternation, panic, *fear, dread, dismay, terror, horror, trepidation Analogous words: scaring or scare, startling, affrighting, frightening (see corresponding verbs at FRIGHTEN): appalling, horrifying, daunting (see DISMAY vb) fright… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fright — [n1] extreme apprehension alarm, cold sweat*, consternation, dismay, dread, fear, horror, panic, quaking, scare, shiver, shock, terror, trepidation, trepidity; concept 410 Ant. fearlessness fright [n2] horrifying or unpleasant sight bother,… …   New thesaurus

  • fright — I noun affright, agitation, alarm, anxiety, apprehension, consternation, cowardice, dismay, disquietude, dread, extreme fear, fear, fear of danger, horror, intimidation, misgiving, panic, pavor, phobia, scare, sudden terror, terror, trepidation… …   Law dictionary

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