Definitions

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  • adj. Terrifying; frightful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Terrifying; frightful.

Etymologies

From flay +‎ -some. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Martha was beginning to tell me of certain "flaysome" looks also, but I desired not to hear of them.

    Charlotte Brontë and Her Circle

  • Churstmas, flinging t 'precious gifts o' God under fooit i 'yer flaysome rages!

    The Three Brontës

  • "Niver, -- he did goa to th 'door one day when Hiram's little lass went to borrow th' looaf tins, but shoo wor soa freetened, wol shoo ran hooam, an 'her mother says shoo believes shoo's gooin to have soor een; mun, he's flaysome to luk at, an' th 'child has niver been like hersen sin, an' shoo connot sleep ov a neet for dreamin abaat it."

    Yorksher Puddin' A Collection of the Most Popular Dialect Stories from the Pen of John Hartley

  • It's fair flaysome that ye let 'em go on this gait.

    Wuthering Heights

  • "There's nobbut t 'missis, and shoo'll not oppen't an ye mak yer flaysome dins till neeght."

    Wuthering Heights

  • Gooid-for-naught madling! ye desarve pining fro 'this to Churstmas, flinging t' precious gifts o 'God under fooit i' yer flaysome rages!

    Wuthering Heights

  • It's bonny behaviour, lurking amang t 'fields after twelve o' t 'night wi' that fahl, flaysome divil of a gipsy,

    Wuthering Heights

  • It's yon flaysome, graceless quean that's witched our lad wi 'her bold een and her forrard ways, till -- -- Nay, it fair brusts my heart!

    Wuthering Heights

  • It's bonny behaviour, lurking amang t 'fields, after twelve o' t 'night, wi' that fahl, flaysome divil of a gipsy, Heathcliff!

    Wuthering Heights

  • It's yon flaysome, graceless quean, that's witched our lad, wi 'her bold een and her forrard ways -- till -- Nay! it fair brusts my heart!

    Wuthering Heights

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  • for some reason this conjures up the image of a zombie, for me. but i'm adding this to my vocabulary because it sounds truly archaic.

    May 22, 2009

  • Yorkshire - 'scary'.

    February 3, 2008