adjective British and Midland and Southern U.S.
Origin of afeard
Examples from the Web for afeared
If the boy is afeared,” with a slight emphasis on the word, “you would best place him with another.In Doublet and Hose|Lucy Foster Madison
Ye are afeared to rise up; afeared of the Duke and his retainers.
All that I was afeared of, said the driver, was that you would hit one of the horses, and thats what you would have done.The Campers Out|Edward S. Ellis
An they 'd give him work to do, he 'd grow to be a king; but the Council and the great lords is afeared to let slip the reins.
But ef its yr own money, Master Hal, why should you be afeared to let him know?Cursed|George Allan England
Word Origin for afeard
Old English afæred, past participle of now-obsolete afear (Old English afæran) "to terrify," from a- (1) + root of fear. Used frequently by Shakespeare, but supplanted in literary English after 1700 by afraid (q.v.). It still survives in popular and colloquial speech.