What does aghast mean?

Definitions for aghastəˈgæst, əˈgɑst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word aghast.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aghast(p), appalled, dismayed, shocked(adj)

    struck with fear, dread, or consternation


  1. aghast(Adjective)

    Terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror.

  2. Origin: From agast, agasted, past participle of agasten, from prefix a- (compare with Gothic 033F0343-, German er-, originally meaning "out") + gæstan: compare Gothic 033F03430332033003390343033E0330033D; akin to Latin haerere. See gaze, hesitate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aghast(verb)

    to affright; to terrify

  2. Aghast(verb)

    see Agast, v. t

  3. Aghast

    terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror

  4. Origin: [OE. agast, agasted, p. p. of agasten to terrify, fr. AS. pref. - (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + gstan to terrify, torment: cf. Goth. usgaisjan to terrify, primitively to fix, to root to the spot with terror; akin to L. haerere to stick fast, cling. See Gaze, Hesitate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aghast

    a-gast′, adj. stupefied with horror. [Properly agast; M. E. agasten, to terrify; A.S. intens. pfx. á-, and gæstan, to terrify. The primary notion of the root gæs- (Goth. gais-) is to fix, stick; to root to the spot with terror. See Gaze.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aghast in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aghast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President George W. Bush:

    I could drop my pants, moon the whole crowd. Everybody would be aghast, except the press guys would never notice.

  2. Beth Mandyck:

    I was aghast that there was no women’s bodybuilding, if there’s a category for men, why can’t there be a category for women?

  3. Michael Katz:

    We were aghast they could do this without informing us, we own them. Just as importantly, we do not sell our religious objects. It's a very strong principle. If you're paying ransom to a kidnapper, you can sell religious objects. Otherwise, you cannot.

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