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Meaning & Definition of Fearful in English

English

Fearful

/fɪrfəl/

adjective

1. Experiencing or showing fear

  • "A fearful glance"
  • "Fearful of criticism"
    synonym:
  • fearful

2. Causing fear or dread or terror

  • "The awful war"
  • "An awful risk"
  • "Dire news"
  • "A career or vengeance so direful that london was shocked"
  • "The dread presence of the headmaster"
  • "Polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"
  • "A dreadful storm"
  • "A fearful howling"
  • "Horrendous explosions shook the city"
  • "A terrible curse"
    synonym:
  • awful
  • ,
  • dire
  • ,
  • direful
  • ,
  • dread(a)
  • ,
  • dreaded
  • ,
  • dreadful
  • ,
  • fearful
  • ,
  • fearsome
  • ,
  • frightening
  • ,
  • horrendous
  • ,
  • horrific
  • ,
  • terrible

3. Lacking courage

  • Ignobly timid and faint-hearted
  • "Cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- p.b.shelley
    synonym:
  • cowardly
  • ,
  • fearful

4. Extremely distressing

  • "Fearful slum conditions"
  • "A frightful mistake"
    synonym:
  • fearful
  • ,
  • frightful

5. Timid by nature or revealing timidity

  • "Timorous little mouse"
  • "In a timorous tone"
  • "Cast fearful glances at the large dog"
    synonym:
  • fearful
  • ,
  • timorous
  • ,
  • trepid