1. Full of fright; affrighted; frightened. "See how the frightful herds run from the wood." (W. Browne)

2. Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.

Synonyms: Terrible, dreadful, alarming, fearful, terrific, awful, horrid, horrible, shocking.

Frightful, Dreadful, Awful. These words all express fear. In frightful, it is a sudden emotion; in dreadful, it is deeper and more prolonged; in awful, the fear is mingled with the emotion of awe, which subdues us before the presence of some invisible power. An accident may be frightful; the approach of death is dreadful to most men; the convulsions of the earthquake are awful.

(01 Mar 1998)