Origin of afeard
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Examples from the Web for afeard
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
"I am afeard I am too troublesome to you, sir," said the boy.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Anybody'd think you were afeard of me, the hurry you're in to run away!
"But sure what was the sense of bein' afeard of that," Hannah Went on.
- (postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid
Old English āfǣred, from afǣran to frighten, from fǣran to fear
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