fearsome etymology

English word fearsome comes from English fear, English -some

Detailed word origin of fearsome

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
fear English (eng) (dialectal) Able; capable; stout; strong; sound. (intransitive) To feel fear (about something).. (obsolete, transitive) To be anxious or solicitous for.. (obsolete, transitive) To cause fear to; to frighten.. (obsolete, transitive) To suspect; to doubt.. (transitive) Regret.. (transitive) To venerate; to feel awe towards.. (transitive) To feel fear about (something or someone); to be afraid [...]
-some English (eng) Characterized by some specific condition or quality. Used to form a word indicating a group with a certain small number of members A body A chromosome.
fearsome English (eng) (rare, or, archaic) fearful, frightened. Frightening, especially in appearance.

Words with the same origin as fearsome

Descendants of -some
awesome lonesome threesome tiresome troublesome