Definition of affright in English:


Syllabification: af·fright
Pronunciation: /əˈfrīt


[with object]
Frighten (someone): ghosts could never affright her
More example sentences
  • ‘Oh my lord, my lord, I have been so affrighted!’
  • John was affrighted at the eager enjoyment - the appetite, as it were - with which he found himself inhaling the fragrance of the flowers.
  • But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.


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Fright: the deer gazed at us in affright
More example sentences
  • The words heard by the party upon the staircase were the Frenchman's exclamations of horror and affright, commingled with the fiendish jabberings of the brute.
  • No wonder the wolves start back in affright; no wonder the vultures, after stooping low, ply their wings in quick nervous stroke, and soar up again!
  • As she turned in affright she was confronted by a white man.


late Middle English: in early use from āfyrhted 'frightened' in Old English; later by vague form association with fright.

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