If you're fearful, you're afraid of something. A kid who's fearful around dogs might cry or run away when sees even a small puppy.

To be fearful is, literally, to be full of fear. You can also use this adjective to describe the thing that scares you: "I lay awake all night listening to the fearful creaks of the old house around me." Some people are always fearful — it's just part of who they are — while others are only fearful in certain instances. You might be fearful on airplanes but fearless when riding a horse.

Definitions of fearful
  1. adjective
    experiencing or showing fear
    “a fearful glance”
    fearful of criticism”
    filled with fear or apprehension
  2. adjective
    causing fear or dread or terror
    “a fearful howling”
    synonyms: awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible
    frightening because of an awareness of danger
  3. adjective
    timid by nature or revealing timidity
    “cast fearful glances at the large dog”
    synonyms: timorous, trepid
    showing fear and lack of confidence
  4. adjective
    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
    synonyms: cowardly
    filled with fear or apprehension
    showing fear and lack of confidence
    despicably mean and cowardly
    chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied
    easily frightened
    craven, recreant
    lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
    dastard, dastardly
    despicably cowardly
    faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted, timid
    lacking conviction or boldness or courage
    in a state of cowardly fright
    characterized by complete cowardliness
    poor-spirited, pusillanimous, unmanly
    lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
    completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
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    brave, courageous
    possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching
    adventuresome, adventurous
    willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
    fearless, unafraid
    oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them
    fearless and daring
    desperate, heroic
    showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
    unflinching in battle or action
    game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky
    willing to face danger
    extraordinarily courageous
    doughty, stalwart, stouthearted
    possessing or displaying courage
    resolutely courageous
    valiant, valorous
    having or showing valor
    firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
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  5. adjective
    extremely distressing
    fearful slum conditions”
    synonyms: frightful
    having undesirable or negative qualities
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