Definition of frightener in English:



  • 1A person or thing that frightens someone.

    • ‘So Eriksson, in a move of stunning and unexpected simplicity, has made the second frightener his captain.’
    • ‘The fire at Fat Boy's was only meant to be a frightener.’
    • ‘At 42 inches long, the freshwater frightener was deemed ‘a very big catch any fisherman would be proud of’ by Bob Carlson, the owner of Carlson's Fishing Tackle, Kendal.’
    1. 1.1British informal A member of a criminal gang who intimidates its victims.
      • ‘More than once he has had to flee his home to escape armed frighteners.’