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[uh-feerd] /əˈfɪərd/
adjective, British and Midland and Southern U.S.
Origin of afeard
before 1000; Middle English afered, Old English āfǣred frightened (past participle of āfǣran). See a-3, fear, -ed2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for afeard
Historical Examples
  • No MacDermott was ever afeard to die, and I won't be the first to give in.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I told him it was no reason, because I was afeard of my life of you, that he should be.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • "I am afeard I am too troublesome to you, sir," said the boy.

  • Anybody'd think you were afeard of me, the hurry you're in to run away!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • "But sure what was the sense of bein' afeard of that," Hannah Went on.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • It's for her that ye're afeard—and she, Colonel Bishop's niece!

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • I ain't afraid of many things, but I 'm darned extensive if I 'd not be afeard of her!

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • It was the wetting I was afeard of; my clothes were soaked through.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • "I'm afeard he's in a bad way," whispered the man to whom he spoke.

    St. Patrick's Eve Charles James Lever
  • You're afeard, now, if I was to see your housekeeper, that I'd say she was too handsome.

British Dictionary definitions for afeard


(postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid
Word Origin
Old English āfǣred, from afǣran to frighten, from fǣran to fear
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