Fearful - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɪrfl|  American pronunciation of the word fearful
Brit.  |ˈfɪəfʊl|  British pronunciation of the word fearful
- experiencing or showing fear
a fearful glance
fearful of criticism
- causing fear or dread or terror (syn: awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible)
a fearful howling
- extremely distressing (syn: frightful)
fearful slum conditions
- timid by nature or revealing timidity (syn: timorous)
cast fearful glances at the large dog


He plays the role of a timid and fearful clerk.

They won the war but at a fearful cost.

His fearful family would count in agony the hours of his absence.

He complained of fearful thirst.

People are fearful of rising crime in the area.

Officials are fearful that the demonstrations will cause new violence.

The room was in a fearful mess.

cast fearful glances at the large dog

He was fearful of seeming impious.

Henry fell into one of his fearful rages.

It gives me the most fearful jumps to think of.

Since she did not answer, I set her down as fearful and nervous.

Their diction and their spelling, and the fearful atrocities were expressed in the letter.

The jitters are worst in the capital, where 61% of people are fearful of a terrorist attack.

How can I put off these fearful doubts?

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