- ( US ) enPR: frīt, IPA: /fɹaɪt/, X-SAMPA: /fraIt/
- Rhymes: -aɪt
- ( Canada ) IPA: /fɹʌit/, X-SAMPA: /frVit/
- 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.
From Middle English fright, furht, from Old English fryhtu, fyrhto ( “fright, fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight” ), from Proto-Germanic *furhtīn ( “fear” ), from Proto-Indo-European *perg- ( “to frighten; fear” ). Cognate with Scots fricht ( “fright” ), Old Frisian fruchte ( “fright” ), Gothic ( faúrhtei, “fear, horror, fright” ). Also related to Low German frucht ( “fright” ), German Furcht ( “fear, fright” ), Danish frygt ( “fear” ), Swedish fruktan ( “fear, fright, dread” ). Albanian frikë ( “fear, fright, dread, danger” ) and Romanian frǐca ( “fear, fright, dread” ) are also cognates, although probably influenced by an early Germanic variant .
Explanation of fright by Wordnet Dictionary
- Fright ( frīt ), n. [OE. frigt, freyht, AS. fyrhto, fyrhtu; akin to OS. forhta, OHG. forhta, forahta, G. furcht, Dan. frygt, Sw. fruktan, Goth. faúrhtei fear, faúrhts timid.]
1. A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm.
2. Anything strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion. [Colloq.]
Syn. -- Alarm; terror; consternation. See Alarm.
- 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. fürchten, Sw. frukta, Dan. frygte, Goth. faurhtjan. See Fright, n., and cf. Frighten.] To alarm suddenly; to shock by causing sudden fear; to terrify; to scare.
Nor exile or danger can fright a brave spirit. Dryden.
Syn. -- To affright; dismay; daunt; intimidate.
Definition of fright by GCIDE Dictionary