from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To arouse fear in; terrify: "Many of nature's greatest oddities, that would affright dwellers up here, are accepted down there” ( David Mazel).
- n. Great fear; terror.
- n. A cause of terror.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. great fear, terror, fright
- v. to terrify, to frighten, to inspire fright
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To impress with sudden fear; to frighten; to alarm.
- adj. Affrighted.
- n. Sudden and great fear; terror. It expresses a stronger impression than fear, or apprehension, perhaps less than terror.
- n. The act of frightening; also, a cause of terror; an object of dread.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To impress with sudden fear; frighten; terrify or alarm.
- Synonyms To scare, alarm, dismay, appal, daunt, intimidate, startle, shock, overawe.
- Past participle of affright.
- n. Sudden or great fear; terror; fright.
- n. The cause of terror; a frightful object.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause fear in
- n. an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + fyrhtan, to frighten (from fyrhto, fright).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle English afrighten, from Old English āfyrhtan, from ā- + fyrhtan (to frighten), from fyrhto (fright). (Wiktionary)