Definition of fright noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//fraɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//fraɪt//
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  1. 1[uncountable] a feeling of fear to cry out in fright He was shaking with fright. Synonymsfearterror panic alarm frightThese are all words for the bad feeling you have when you are afraid.fear the bad feeling that you have when you are in danger, when something bad might happen, or when a particular thing frightens you:(a) fear of flying She showed no fear.terror a feeling of extreme fear:Her eyes were wild with terror.panic a sudden feeling of great fear that cannot be controlled and prevents you from thinking clearly:I had a sudden moment of panic.alarm fear or worry that somebody feels when something dangerous or unpleasant might happen:The doctor said there was no cause for alarm.fright a feeling of fear, usually sudden:She cried out in fright.fear or fright? Fright is a reaction to something that has just happened or is happening now. Use fear, but not fright, to talk about things that always frighten you and things that may happen in the future:I have a fright of spiders. his fright of what might happenPatterns a fear/​terror of something in fear/​terror/​panic/​alarm/​fright fear/​terror/​panic/​alarm that… to be filled with fear/​terror/​panic/​alarm a feeling of fear/​terror/​panic/​alarm see also stage fright See related entries: Fear
  2. 2[countable] an experience that makes you feel fear You gave me a fright jumping out at me like that. I got the fright of my life.
  3. Word OriginOld English fryhto, fyrhto (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch furcht and German furcht.Extra examples He almost died of fright when the fish jumped out of the water. I had a terrible fright this morning when I saw you there. Leah got such a fright that she dropped the tray. She cried out in fright. The birds took fright at the sight of the cat and flew off. They stood there, frozen with fright. They were paralysed with fright. You gave me the fright of my life, jumping out like that! Did I give you a fright? Sorry. He suffered from stage fright.Idioms (old-fashioned, British English) to look ugly or ridiculous
    take fright (at something)
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    (formal) to be frightened by something The birds took fright and flew off. Investors took fright at the falling market.
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