Definition of affright in English:

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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.


Fright: the deer gazed at us in affright
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with affright

alight, alright, aright, bedight, bight, bite, blight, bright, byte, cite, dight, Dwight, excite, fight, flight, fright, goodnight, height, ignite, impolite, indict, indite, invite, kite, knight, light, lite, might, mite, night, nite, outfight, outright, plight, polite, quite, right, rite, sight, site, skintight, skite, sleight, slight, smite, Snow-white, spite, sprite, tight, tonight, trite, twite, underwrite, unite, uptight, white, wight, wright, write

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Syllabification: af·fright

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