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afeard

or afeared

[uh-feerd] /əˈfɪərd/
adjective, British and Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
Origin of afeard
1000
before 1000; Middle English afered, Old English āfǣred frightened (past participle of āfǣran). See a-3, fear, -ed2
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  • 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

afeard

/əˈfɪəd/
adjective
1.
(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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