frightful etymology

English word frightful comes from Old English forhtful

Detailed word origin of frightful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
forhtful Old English (ang)
frightful Middle English (enm)
frightful English (eng) (hyperbolic) Unpleasant, dreadful, awful (also used as an intensifier).. (obsolete) Full of fright, whether. Afraid, frightened.. Full of something causing fright, whether. Genuinely horrific, awful, or alarming.. Timid, fearful, easily frightened.