French Fear Vocabulary 😨

Author: Eliane

Learn the French fear vocabulary: French fear expressions, French verbs to express fear in French and how to say wimp in French.

Let’s learn the French vocabulary associated with fear.

1 – How to Say “Fear” in French

Here are French nouns expressing feelings of “fear” from the slightest to the strongest:

  1. L’inquiétude (f) : worry
  2. La crainte : fear
  3. La frayeur : fright
  4. L’angoisse : anxiety/fear
  5. La peur : fear (the most commonly used noun)
  6. La panique : panic
  7. L’effroi (m) : dread
  8. La terreur : terror
  9. L’épouvante : horror

2 – French Fear Verbs

  1. S’inquiéter : to worry
  2. Craindre : to be afraid of (…)
  3. Redouter : to fear
  4. Avoir peur : to be scared
  5. Faire peur à quelqu’un : to scare someone
  6. S’angoisser : to get distressed
  7. Trembler : to tremble
  8. Frissonner : to shudder

3 – French Fear Expressions

Let’s see some French expressions to express fear in French.

  1. Être mort de peur : to be scared to death
  2. Avoir la chair de poule : to have goosebumps
  3. Claquer des dents : to chatter your teeth
  4. Avoir la phobie de quelque chose : to have a phobia of something
  5. Avoir la pétoche : to be scared stiff (colloquial)
  6. Avoir la trouille : to be in a blue funk (colloquial)
  7. Avoir la frousse : to be scared stiff (colloquial)
  8. À vous glacer le sang : bloodcurdling
  9. Trembler comme une feuille : to shake like a leaf
  10. Avoir une peur bleue de : to be terrified of
  11. Avoir le trouillomètre à zéro : to be scared shitless (colloquial)

4 – Nicknames Given to People Who are Easily Afraid

All these names for easily frighten people are a bit derogative of course…

  1. Une poule mouillée : a wimp
  2. Un trouillard : a chicken
  3. Un peureux : a fearful person
  4. Un pétochard : a coward
  5. Un dégonflé : a wimp
  6. Un froussard : a wuss

Now for a fun French comprehension practice, read my French short story about a French haunted house. It comes with hide and reveal English translation.

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