1. [ adjective ] causing fear or dread or terror
Synonyms: terrible dreadful frightening awful horrendous dreaded dread fearsome horrific direful dire

"the awful war" "an awful risk" "dire news" "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked" "the dread presence of the headmaster" "a dreaded disease" "a dreadful storm" "a fearful howling"

Related terms: alarming
2. [ adjective ] lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted
Synonyms: cowardly coward

"cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

Related terms: brave chicken craven cowering faint pusillanimous poltroon funky caitiff dastard afraid timid ignoble cowardice
3. [ adjective ] timid by nature or revealing timidity
Synonyms: trepid timorous

"timorous little mouse" "in a timorous tone" "cast fearful glances at the large dog"

Related terms: timid
4. [ adjective ] extremely distressing
Synonyms: terrible frightful

"fearful slum conditions" "a frightful mistake" "suffered terrible thirst"

Related terms: bad
5. [ adjective ] experiencing or showing fear

"a fearful glance" "fearful of criticism"

Related terms: afraid
Similar spelling:   fearfully