fearful vs frightful what difference

what is difference between fearful and frightful

English

Alternative forms

  • fearefull (obsolete)
  • fearfull (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English ferful, fervol, equivalent to fear +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɪəfəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɪɹfəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪəɹfʊl
  • Hyphenation: fear‧ful

Adjective

fearful (comparative fearfuller or fearfuler or more fearful, superlative fearfullest or fearfulest or most fearful)

  1. Frightening.
  2. Tending to fear; timid.
    a fearful boy
  3. (dated) Terrible; shockingly bad.
  4. (now rare) Frightened; filled with terror.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      Those two great champions did attonce pursew / The fearefull damzell with incessant payns []

Synonyms

  • (frightened): frightened, timid, timorous
  • See also Thesaurus:afraid and Thesaurus:cowardly

Translations

Adverb

fearful (comparative more fearful, superlative most fearful)

  1. (dialect) Extremely; fearfully.

Further reading

  • fearful in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • fearful in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Anagrams

  • Lauffer


English

Alternative forms

  • frightfull (archaic)

Etymology

From Middle English frightful (afraid), from Old English forhtful (fainthearted, timorous). Equivalent to fright +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: frīt′fəl, IPA(key): /ˈfɹaɪtfəl/
  • Hyphenation: fright‧ful

Adjective

frightful (comparative more frightful, superlative most frightful)

  1. (obsolete) Full of fright, whether
    1. Afraid, frightened.
      • c. 1250, Genesis and Exodus, line 3459:
        Ðis frigtful ðus a-biden,
        Quiles ðis daiȝes for ben gliden.
    2. Timid, fearful, easily frightened.
  2. Full of something causing fright, whether
    1. Genuinely horrific, awful, or alarming.
    2. (hyperbolic) Unpleasant, dreadful, awful (also used as an intensifier).
      • 1990, House of Cards, Season 1, Episode 1:
        Francis Urquhart: What a frightful little man. Where do they find them these days?
        Tim Stamper: God knows. If I had a dog like that, I’d shoot it.
        Francis Urquhart: Well, yes. Quite.

Synonyms

  • See Thesaurus:frightening
  • See Thesaurus:bad

Derived terms

  • frightfully

Translations

Adverb

frightful (comparative more frightful, superlative most frightful)

  1. (dialect) Frightfully; very.

References

  • Webster’s, “frightful”, 1913.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, “frightful, adj.“, 1898.

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • frigtful

Etymology

From Old English forhtful; equivalent to fright +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfrixtˌful/

Adjective

frightful

  1. (rare) afraid, frightened

Descendants

  • English: frightful

References

  • “frightful, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-05.

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