Definitions for fearfulˈfɪər fəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fear•fulˈfɪər fəl(adj.)

  1. causing or apt to cause fear; frightening:

    a fearful blizzard.

  2. feeling fear, dread, apprehension, or solicitude; apprehensive; anxious.

  3. full of awe or reverence.

  4. showing or caused by fear:

    fearful behavior.

  5. extreme in size, intensity, or badness:

    fearful poverty.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fearful(adj)

    experiencing or showing fear

    "a fearful glance"; "fearful of criticism"

  2. awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(adj)

    causing fear or dread or terror

    "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"

  3. cowardly, fearful(adj)

    lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

    "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

  4. fearful, frightful(adj)

    extremely distressing

    "fearful slum conditions"; "a frightful mistake"

  5. fearful, timorous, trepid(adj)

    timid by nature or revealing timidity

    "timorous little mouse"; "in a timorous tone"; "cast fearful glances at the large dog"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fearful(adjective)ˈfɪər fəl

    very worried sth bad will happen

    Leaving the light on made her less fearful.; fearful of high oil prices


  1. fearful(Adjective)


  2. fearful(Adjective)

    Frightened, filled with terror.

  3. fearful(Adjective)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Fearful(adj)

    full of fear, apprehension, or alarm; afraid; frightened

  2. Fearful(adj)

    inclined to fear; easily frightened; without courage; timid

  3. Fearful(adj)

    indicating, or caused by, fear

  4. Fearful(adj)

    inspiring fear or awe; exciting apprehension or terror; terrible; frightful; dreadful

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