petrified


petrified
[[t]pe̱trɪfaɪd[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: oft ADJ of n/-ing, ADJ that If you are petrified, you are extremely frightened, perhaps so frightened that you cannot think or move.

I've always been petrified of being alone...

Most people seem to be petrified of snakes.

Syn:
terrified
2) ADJ: ADJ n A petrified plant or animal has died and has gradually turned into stone.

...a block of petrified wood.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • petrified — [adj1] hardened calcified, fossilized, frozen, ossified, solidified; concepts 483,604 petrified [adj2] terrified afraid, alarmed, anxious, dazed, fearful, frightened, frozen, have cold feet*, immobilized, in a cold sweat*, in a panic*, numb,… …   New thesaurus

  • petrified — index ossified Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • petrified — pet|ri|fied [ˈpetrıfaıd] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: pétrifier, from Greek petra rock ] 1.) extremely frightened, especially so frightened that you cannot move or think petrified of ▪ I m petrified of spiders. petrified with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • petrified — pet|ri|fied [ petrı,faıd ] adjective 1. ) extremely frightened, especially so that you cannot move or decide what to do: The boy just sat there petrified. petrified of: She is absolutely petrified of snakes. 2. ) SCIENCE a petrified plant or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • petrified — UK [ˈpetrɪfaɪd] / US [ˈpetrɪˌfaɪd] adjective 1) extremely frightened, especially so that you cannot move or decide what to do petrified of: She is absolutely petrified of snakes. 2) science a petrified plant or animal has died and gradually… …   English dictionary

  • Petrified — Petrify Pet ri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Petrified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Petrifying}.] [L. petra rock, Gr. ? (akin to ? a stone) + fy: cf. F. p[ e]trifier. Cf. {Parrot}, {Petrel}, {Pier}.] 1. To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • petrified — adjective 1 extremely frightened, especially so frightened that you cannot move or think: She stood there, petrified at the thought of the crowds waiting outside. 2 petrified wood/trees/insects etc wood, trees etc that have changed into stone… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • petrified — mod. alcohol intoxicated. (Literally, turned into stone. Another way of saying stoned.) □ She’s not drunk; she’s petrified. □ He drank moonshine till he was petrified …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • petrified — very frightened, scared stiff    Gigi was petrified when a spider crawled up her leg …   English idioms

  • petrified — Synonyms and related words: Gothic, Victorian, adamant, adamantine, afraid, aghast, alabastrine, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, appalled, archaic, asbestine, ashen, astonished, astounded, awed, awestricken, awestruck, backed, benumbed,… …   Moby Thesaurus


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