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adjective fearful pronunciation in British English /ˈfɪə(r)f(ə)l/
  1. 1
    frightened

    Fearful parents kept their children indoors.

    fearful (that):

    We're fearful that fighting will start up again.

    fearful of:

    Fearful of another attack, civilians are fleeing the capital.

  2. 2
    informal old-fashioned used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is

    She's a fearful gossip.

    a fearful mess/muddle

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