Synonyms for fearful

Synonyms for (adjective) fearful

Synonyms: fearful

Definition: experiencing or showing fear

Usage: a fearful glance; fearful of criticism

Similar words: afraid

Definition: filled with fear or apprehension

Usage: afraid even to turn his head; suddenly looked afraid; afraid for his life; afraid of snakes; afraid to ask questions


Synonyms: horrendous, horrific, awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, frightening, fearful, fearsome, terrible

Definition: causing fear or dread or terror

Usage: 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

Similar words: alarming

Definition: frightening because of an awareness of danger


Synonyms: timorous, trepid, fearful

Definition: timid by nature or revealing timidity

Usage: timorous little mouse; in a timorous tone; cast fearful glances at the large dog

Similar words: timid

Definition: showing fear and lack of confidence


Synonyms: fearful, cowardly

Definition: lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted

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

Similar words: caitiff

Definition: despicably mean and cowardly


Similar words: chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied

Definition: easily frightened


Similar words: craven, recreant

Definition: lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

Usage: the craven fellow turned and ran; a craven proposal to raise the white flag; this recreant knight- Spenser


Similar words: dastard, dastardly

Definition: despicably cowardly

Usage: the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th- F.D. Roosevelt


Similar words: timid, faint, faint-hearted, fainthearted

Definition: lacking conviction or boldness or courage

Usage: faint heart ne'er won fair lady


Similar words: funky

Definition: in a state of cowardly fright


Similar words: poltroon

Definition: characterized by complete cowardliness


Similar words: poor-spirited, pusillanimous, unmanly

Definition: lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful


Synonyms: frightful, fearful

Definition: extremely distressing

Usage: fearful slum conditions; a frightful mistake

Similar words: bad

Definition: having undesirable or negative qualities

Usage: a bad report card; his sloppy appearance made a bad impression; a bad little boy; clothes in bad shape; a bad cut; bad luck; the news was very bad; the reviews were bad; the pay is bad; it was a bad light for reading; the movie was a bad choice