fearful

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
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adj experiencing or showing fear

“a fearful glance”
fearful of criticism”
Synonyms:
afraid
filled with fear or apprehension

adj causing fear or dread or terror

“a fearful howling”
Synonyms:
awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible
alarming
frightening because of an awareness of danger

adj timid by nature or revealing timidity

“cast fearful glances at the large dog”
Synonyms:
timorous, trepid
timid
showing fear and lack of confidence

adj lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

Synonyms:
cowardly
afraid
filled with fear or apprehension
timid
showing fear and lack of confidence
caitiff
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
funky
in a state of cowardly fright
poltroon
characterized by complete cowardliness
poor-spirited, pusillanimous, unmanly
lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
ignoble
completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
Antonyms:
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
bold
fearless and daring
desperate, heroic
showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
gallant
unflinching in battle or action
game, gamey, gamy, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky
willing to face danger
lionhearted
extraordinarily courageous
stalwart, stouthearted
used especially of persons
undaunted
resolutely courageous
valiant, valorous
having or showing valor
resolute
firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination
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adj extremely distressing

fearful slum conditions”
Synonyms:
frightful
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities

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