frightened

Someone who's frightened is scared or anxious. A frightened camper might tremble with fear as she listens to the scary campfire stories her counselor tells.

When you're frightened, you feel fearful — you might be frightened of thunderstorms or frightened of strange dogs. A frightened airplane passenger might panic and cause other people to become frightened. The adjective comes from frighten — before the 1660s, the verb was instead fright. All of these words share an Old English root, fyrhtu, "fear, dread, trembling, or horrible sight."

Definitions of frightened
  1. adjective
    made afraid
    “the frightened child cowered in the corner”
    synonyms: scared
    afraid
    filled with fear or apprehension
  2. adjective
    thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation
    synonyms: panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicked, panicky, terrified
    afraid
    filled with fear or apprehension
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