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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feer-fuh l]
    • /ˈfɪər fəl/
    • /ˈfɪə.fəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feer-fuh l]
    • /ˈfɪər fəl/

Definitions of fearful word

  • adjective fearful causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition. 1
  • adjective fearful feeling fear, dread, apprehension, or solicitude: fearful for his life; fearful lest he commit suicide. 1
  • adjective fearful full of awe or reverence: fearful of the Lord. 1
  • adjective fearful showing or caused by fear: fearful behavior. 1
  • adjective fearful extreme in size, intensity, or badness: a fearful head cold; fearful poverty. 1
  • noun fearful Feeling afraid; showing fear or anxiety. 1

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Origin of fearful

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
First recorded in 1300-50, fearful is from the Middle English word ferful. See fear, -ful

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Parts of speech for Fearful


fearful popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

fearful usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fearful

adj fearful

  • shy — bashful; retiring.
  • timid — lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery; easily alarmed; timorous; shy.
  • afraid — If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think that something very unpleasant is going to happen to you.
  • hesitant — hesitating; undecided, doubtful, or disinclined.
  • nervous — highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.

adjective fearful

  • apprehensive — Someone who is apprehensive is afraid that something bad may happen.
  • alarmed — If someone is alarmed, they feel afraid or anxious that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen.
  • discomposed — Simple past tense and past participle of discompose.
  • abysmal — If you describe a situation or the condition of something as abysmal, you think that it is very bad or poor in quality.
  • bad — If you say that it is bad that something happens, you mean it is unacceptable, unfortunate, or wrong.

Antonyms for fearful

adj fearful

  • confident — If you are confident about something, you are certain that it will happen in the way you want it to.
  • brave — Someone who is brave is willing to do things which are dangerous, and does not show fear in difficult or dangerous situations.
  • fearless — without fear; bold or brave; intrepid.
  • composed — If someone is composed, they are calm and able to control their feelings.
  • unafraid — feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go.

adjective fearful

  • extroverted — Possessing the characteristic property of an extrovert. Outgoing, comfortable in social interactions.
  • wonderful — excellent; great; marvelous: We all had a wonderful weekend.

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