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Etymology edit

frighten +‎ -ing.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹaɪtənɪŋ/, /ˈfɹaɪtnɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪtnɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: fright‧en‧ing

Adjective edit

frightening (comparative more frightening, superlative most frightening)

  1. Causing fear; of capable of causing fear; scary.
    Riding the rollercoaster was a frightening experience.
  2. (figuratively) Awful, terrible, very bad.

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Verb edit


  1. present participle and gerund of frighten
    The scientist was frightening the timid children.