from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing or capable of causing fear: "The Devil is a fearsome enemy” ( Jimmy Breslin).
  • adj. Fearful; timid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. frightening, especially in appearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Frightful; causing fear.
  • adj. Easily frightened; timid; timorous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing fear; fearful; frightful; dreadful.
  • Timid; apprehensive; frightened: as, “a silly, fearsome thing,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing fear or dread or terror


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