fearful

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Etymology[edit]

From fear +‎ -ful.

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fearful (comparative fearfuller, superlative fearfullest)

  1. Frightening.
  2. (now rare) Frightened, filled with terror.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
      Those two great champions did attonce pursew / The fearefull damzell with incessant payns [...].
  3. Terrible.
  4. Tending to fear.
    fearful boy

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