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or afeared

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

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • They couldn't come theirsells, and they were afeard to let me out my lone.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Ef he had lived in Bible times, I should hev been afeard of a visible judgment on his head, like the babes that mocked at Elijah.

  • The sojers came and took him, but he bid me tell you not to be afeard or taking on about him.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • It blew very hard all this night that I was afeard of my boy.

  • "There's no place in the world for a man that's afeard o' the sea," he said.

    Harbor Tales Down North Norman Duncan
  • Yes, there was one more, namely Mr. Pawkins, who was afeard his duds warn't dry.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • No, she shall not dismay me: I care not for that, but that I am afeard.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • "Why I've diskivered what I war most afeard on," answered the woodsman.

    Ella Barnwell Emerson Bennett
  • "I am afeard I am too troublesome to you, sir," said the boy.

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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