- 1A person or thing that frightens someone.More example sentences
- At 42 inches long, the freshwater frightener was deemed ‘a very big catch any fisherman would be proud of’ by Bob Carlson, the owner of Carlson's Fishing Tackle, Kendal.
- The fire at Fat Boy's was only meant to be a frightener.
- So Eriksson, in a move of stunning and unexpected simplicity, has made the second frightener his captain.
- 1.1British • informal A member of a criminal gang who intimidates its victims.More example sentences
- More than once he has had to flee his home to escape armed frighteners.
put the frighteners on
- British • informal Threaten or intimidate (someone): trying to put the frighteners on those who wish to roam over open country is childishMore example sentences
- Hard as it is to believe, Grover the ex-boxer and former East End man about town, felt as though someone was putting the frighteners on him.
- We'll see if our little ‘chat’ puts the frighteners on them.
- He wanted Mr Blythe ‘to put the frighteners on him’.
More definitions of frightenerDefinition of frightener in:
- The US English dictionary