Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “appal”

appal

verb [T] uk (-ll-) (US usually appall)   /əˈpɔːl/ us    /əˈpɑːl/
to make someone have strong feelings of shock or of disapproval: I was appalled at/by the lack of staff in the hospital. The state of the kitchen appalled her.Making people sad, shocked and upset
appalled
adjective uk   /əˈpɔːld/ us    /-ˈpɑːld/
an appalled silence/fascinationSurprised
(Definition of appal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of appal?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Making people sad, shocked and upset, but you might be interested in these topics from the Sadness topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “appal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hoppy

like hops (= dried fruit used to make beer)

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More