Definition of frightened in US English:

frightened

adjective

  • Afraid or anxious.

    ‘a frightened child’
    • ‘He said the experience has made him frightened of walking in the town and scared of police - even though he has done nothing wrong.’
    • ‘Although Thomas could be very mellow, she was still frightened of how he might react to this.’
    • ‘They're frightened of finding something, and if they do, they're scared to go to the doctor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, said dog was so frightened of the fireworks last night she refused to go to bed.’
    • ‘I'm not frightened of these games, in fact I'm really looking forward to them.’
    • ‘Another boy, the smallest in the party, had been frightened of making the crossing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suppose when I write, I write about the things that I'm most frightened of.’
    • ‘Lynne says she's not afraid of death, she's just frightened of losing the people she loves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had the strangest face I had ever seen, and I was a bit frightened of it, and I remained afraid of it.’
    • ‘Half of me regrets my stupidity and feels frightened that I'll go to jail.’
    • ‘This Government, frightened of being seen as soft on the drugs trade, does not know what to do.’
    • ‘Despite this, though, they weren't frightened of death - at least not in the same way we are.’
    • ‘Giving evidence under oath from the witness box, Hunt said that he had been frightened of needles since childhood.’
    • ‘He said he had been frightened of that person and therefore agreed to hold them temporarily.’
    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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Pronunciation

frightened

/ˈfrītnd//ˈfraɪtnd/