Brightsome vs Frightsome - What's the difference?

brightsome | frightsome |

As adjectives the difference between brightsome and frightsome

is that brightsome is (archaic) bright in appearance, shining while frightsome is frightening; frightful; fearful; causing fear.




(en adjective)
  • (archaic) Bright in appearance, shining.
  • * , The Jew of Malta , act 2:
  • But rather let the brightsome heavens be dim,
    And nature's beauty choke with stifling clouds,
    Than my fair Abigail should frown on me.
  • * 1869 , , Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor , ch. 45:
  • [A]ll the shifts of cloud and sun, all the difference between black death and brightsome liveliness, scarcely may suggest or equal Lorna's transformation.
  • * 1922 , , "The Wood Fire" in Late Lyrics and Earlier :
  • This is a brightsome blaze you've lit good friend, to-night!
  • * 2008 , Paul S. Sunga, Red Dust, Red Sky , ISBN 9781550503708, p. 117:
  • The few chairs and the low table had been stripped of paint to reveal the brightsome grain of pine wood.

    Usage notes

    * The Oxford English Dictionary'' suggests that this is a less definite term than (bright), "leaving more to the imagination".''Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.


    * brilliant, luminous

    Derived terms

    * brightsomeness


    * ; Footnotes:




    (en adjective)
  • Frightening; frightful; fearful; causing fear.
  • Derived terms

    * (l) * (l)