self-frighted

fright

[frahyt]
noun
1.
sudden and extreme fear; a sudden terror.
2.
a person or thing of shocking, grotesque, or ridiculous appearance.
verb (used with object)
3.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English frytu, fyrhto; akin to German Furcht

self-frighted, adjective
unfrighted, adjective


1. dismay, consternation, alarm. See terror.
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fright (fraɪt)
 
n
1.  sudden intense fear or alarm
2.  a sudden alarming shock
3.  informal a horrifying, grotesque, or ludicrous person or thing: she looks a fright in that hat
4.  take fright to become frightened
 
vb
5.  a poetic word for frighten
 
[Old English fryhto; related to Gothic faurhtei, Old Frisian fruchte, Old High German forhta]

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fright
O.E. (Northumbrian) fryhto, metathesis of fyrhtu "fear, dread," from P.Gmc. *furkhtaz "afraid" (cf. O.S. forhta, O.Fris. fruchte, O.H.G. forhta, Ger. Furcht, Goth. faurhtei "fear"). Not etymologically related to the word fear, which superseded it 13c. as the principal word
except in cases of sudden terror. For spelling evolution, see fight.
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