Definition of frightened in English:



  • Afraid or anxious.

    ‘a frightened child’
    • ‘She was particularly frightened of getting stuck in shop queues.’
    • ‘One resident, who lived in the street at the time but asked not be named, said some were still frightened of him.’
    • ‘He said the experience has made him frightened of walking in the town and scared of police - even though he has done nothing wrong.’
    • ‘I'm not frightened of these games, in fact I'm really looking forward to them.’
    • ‘She says this caused her to become so frightened of the man, whom she could not avoid, that she slept with a knife under her bed.’
    • ‘Darkness lingered at the edge of his vision and he was suddenly absurdly frightened that if he fell asleep he would never wake up.’
    • ‘Despite this, though, they weren't frightened of death - at least not in the same way we are.’
    • ‘They're frightened of finding something, and if they do, they're scared to go to the doctor.’
    • ‘Giving evidence under oath from the witness box, Hunt said that he had been frightened of needles since childhood.’
    • ‘He had the strangest face I had ever seen, and I was a bit frightened of it, and I remained afraid of it.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, said dog was so frightened of the fireworks last night she refused to go to bed.’
    • ‘He said he had been frightened of that person and therefore agreed to hold them temporarily.’
    • ‘Half of me regrets my stupidity and feels frightened that I'll go to jail.’
    • ‘Although Thomas could be very mellow, she was still frightened of how he might react to this.’
    • ‘Lynne says she's not afraid of death, she's just frightened of losing the people she loves.’
    • ‘His main clients are business people frightened of making speeches in public or stressed about workload.’
    • ‘Children don't run about outside anymore because we're frightened of them being abducted.’
    • ‘This Government, frightened of being seen as soft on the drugs trade, does not know what to do.’
    • ‘Another boy, the smallest in the party, had been frightened of making the crossing.’
    • ‘I suppose when I write, I write about the things that I'm most frightened of.’
    anxious, disturbed, perturbed, troubled, bothered, distressed, concerned, upset, distraught, worried sick, disquieted, uneasy, ill at ease, fretful, fretting, agitated, in a state of agitation, nervous, edgy, on edge, like a cat on a hot tin roof, tense, overwrought, worked up, keyed up, strung out, jumpy, with one's stomach in knots, stressed, under stress
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