Synonyms of fearful in English:


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1‘they are fearful of being overheard by the enemy’

afraid, frightened, scared, scared stiff, scared to death, terrified, petrified
alarmed, panicky, nervous, tense, apprehensive, uneasy, hesitant, disquieted, worried, worried sick, anxious
British nervy
informal jittery, jumpy, in a funk, in a blue funk
dialect frit
archaic afeared, affrighted

2‘the guards were ill trained and fearful’

nervous, trembling, quaking, quivering, shrinking, cowering, cowed, daunted
timid, timorous, diffident, faint-hearted, cowardly, pusillanimous
British nervy
informal jittery, jumpy, twitchy, keyed up, yellow, chicken, in a cold sweat, a bundle of nerves, like a cat on a hot tin roof, frightened of one's own shadow
British informal having kittens, like a cat on hot bricks, windy, stressy
North American informal spooked, spooky, antsy
dated overstrung, unquiet

3‘there has been a fearful accident’

terrible, dreadful, awful, appalling, frightful, ghastly, horrific, horrible, horrifying, horrendous, very bad, terribly bad, shocking, atrocious, abominable, hideous, monstrous, dire, grim, unspeakable, gruesome, grievous, lamentable, distressing, harrowing, alarming


4‘he was in a fearful hurry’

very great, great, extreme, real, dreadful
informal terrible, impossible
British informal right, proper