Very worried and upset: a distraught woman sobbed and screamed for help he is terribly distraught
More example sentences
- The verdict and sentence have left Rita's older sister Annette distraught and deeply upset.
- My parents were distraught and upset by the actions of this person or people.
- This is something no one dare tell a distraught woman, desperate to know whether she should be grieving or not.
late Middle English: alteration of the obsolete adjective distract (from Latin distractus 'pulled apart'), influenced by straught, archaic past participle of stretch.