frightful Definition

  • 1causing fear or terror; alarming
  • 2very bad or unpleasant

Using frightful: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "frightful" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The storm was frightful, with lightning and thunder crashing around us.

  • Example

    He has a frightful temper and can be very difficult to deal with.

  • Example

    The food at that restaurant was frightful; I couldn't even finish my meal.

frightful Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for frightful

Antonyms for frightful

Phrases with frightful

  • a situation or place that is extremely disorganized or untidy


    Her room was a frightful mess, with clothes and books scattered everywhere.

  • extremely bad weather conditions


    We had to cancel our plans because of the frightful weather outside.

  • a severe and painful headache


    I had a frightful headache all day and couldn't concentrate on anything.


Summary: frightful in Brief

The adjective 'frightful' [ˈfraɪtfʊl] describes something that causes fear or terror, or is very bad or unpleasant. It can refer to weather, temper, or a situation that is disorganized or untidy. Examples include 'The storm was frightful,' 'He has a frightful temper,' and 'The food at that restaurant was frightful.' Synonyms include 'terrifying' and 'horrible.'