- (UK, US) enPR: frīt, IPA(key): /fɹaɪt/
- Rhymes: -aɪt
- (Canada, Northern US) IPA(key): /fɹʌit/
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Etymology 1 edit
From Middle English fright, furht, from Old English fryhtu, fyrhto (“fright, fear, dread, trembling, horrible sight”), from Proto-Germanic *furhtį̄ (“fear”), from Proto-Indo-European *pr̥k- (“to fear”).
Cognate with Scots fricht (“fright”), Old Frisian fruchte (“fright”), Low German frucht (“fright”), Middle Dutch vrucht, German Furcht (“fear, fright”), Danish frygt (“fear”), Swedish fruktan (“fear, fright, dread”), Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌷𐍄𐌴𐌹 (faurhtei, “fear, horror, fright”). Compare possibly Albanian frikë (“fear, fright, dread, danger”).
- A state of terror excited by the sudden appearance of danger; sudden and violent fear, usually of short duration; a sudden alarm.
- Someone strange, ugly or shocking, producing a feeling of alarm or aversion.
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- (archaic, transitive) To frighten.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene i]:
- Are not you he […] That frights the maidens of the villagery […] ?
- 1805, Songs for the Nursery, page 23:
- Little Miss Muffet, She sat on a tuffet, Eating of curds and whey; There came a little spider, Who sat down beside her, And frighted Miss Muffet away.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Lady Marchmont to Sir Jasper Meredith. Courtiers.”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, page 263:
- A very fine situation was proposed to him, where he might have a noble view of the ocean; but he started back, with an attitude of terror Betterton might envy, when Hamlet meets his father's ghost, and cried out,—"Oh, Christ! the sea looks so fierce that it frights me!
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Etymology 2 edit
- (rare) frightened; afraid; affright
- 1946, Sydney Sïrdani, Don't be Fright: Radio Magic, page 10:
- Don't be fright, it is not so impossible as it seems.
- 2003, Ben Hodges, Forbidden Acts:
- Don't be fright, I'm not going to hurt you.
- 2014, Jessica Stirling, Shamrock Green:
- He had a great heavy jaw and shoulders like an ox and bore no resemblance to Maurice Leonard. 'Come along, lad,' the sergeant said. 'Come along. Don't be fright. It's what you're here for now, ain't it?'
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Alternative forms edit
fright (plural *frightes)