- fright [fraıt] n[: Old English; Origin: fyrhto]1.) [singular, U]a sudden feeling of fear▪ You gave me such a fright creeping up on me like that!get/have a fright▪ I got an awful fright when I realised how much money I owed.with fright▪ He was shaking with fright.in fright▪ Several of the children cried out in fright.2.) take frightto be very afraid of something, especially so that you run away from it or do not do something that you were going to do▪ The bird took fright and flew away.▪ She had promised to marry him, but took fright at the last moment.3.) look a frightold-fashioned to look untidy or unattractive
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.