Definitions of frighten

  1. To disturb with fear; to throw into a state of alarm or fright; to affright; to terrify. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To terrify; to alarm suddenly; as, it is a bad practice to frighten little children. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To make afraid; alarm; scare. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To alarm suddenly; scare. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. To alarm suddenly; to terrify; to dismay. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for frighten

  1. " Yes, dear father, it is I." " Why did you come dressed as a little child to frighten me? – Nine Little Goslings by Susan Coolidge
  2. You must want to frighten her out of the book business. – The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley