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  • adj. Frightening; frightful; fearful; causing fear.


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From fright +‎ -some. Cognate with Scots frichtsom ("frightsome").


  • The tale of the most frightsome hound as ever haunted London, and of Yapper, the Scruffian as learned to speak dog, the Scruffian as tamed Whelp ... well, as near to tamed him as that snarling, slavering, scurrilous cur of a canine ever could be tamed.

    The Scruffians Project: The Beast of Buskerville

  • Maybe there's something in the drink, maybe it's the repetition of the dancing that goes on during the feast, with those bucks in their animal heads chasing (but never catching) the young females, who flee continually (but never quite out of reach); perhaps it's just the three days 'delay in getting down to business-whatever it may be, I found myself eyeing that white figure through the flames, and starting to sweat something frightsome.

    Flashman and The Redskins

  • It was a hoarse, awful, prolonged bellow, as of some giant ox in sore distress, and when it would stop, occasionally, faint and far would come another bellow, mellowed by distance, but sounding unspeakably eerie and frightsome.

    All Aboard A Story for Girls

  • "That would be very frightsome," said Gilian with a shiver.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • "Will you go away, and leave Elias and me in that frightsome and desolate-looking mansion?"

    The Mysteries of All Nations Rise and Progress of Superstition, Laws Against and Trials of Witches, Ancient and Modern Delusions Together With Strange Customs, Fables, and Tales

  • There are other cases where the religious emotions and ideals are completely subordinated to or become identified with feelings of fear or remorse, the result of fixed ideas of a shameful, distressing or frightsome character.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • And, 'deed, it was no wonder that they stared, for there, coming up the middle of the highway, was the strangest, most frightsome-looking creature that human eyes had ever seen.

    Tales From Scottish Ballads

  • Scotch line, and this event would compel her to leave Pittendurie and make her home in Glasgow, -- two facts, simply stupendous to the fisher-girl, who had never been twenty miles from her home, and to whom all life outside the elementary customs of Pittendurie was wonderful and a little frightsome.

    A Knight of the Nets

  • He felt that such a change as that might prefigure other changes still more painful and frightsome.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side A Pastoral Romance

  • The animal made a half parenthesis of himself, curving skittishly, and watching jealously, as he went by the frightsome pile.

    The Other Girls


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