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afeard

or a·feared

[uh-feerd]
adjective British and Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. afraid.
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Origin of afeard

before 1000; Middle English afered, Old English āfǣred frightened (past participle of āfǣran). See a-3, fear, -ed2
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Examples from the Web for afeared

Historical Examples

  • You're afeared to go to law—Levi West—you try th' law—and see how ye like it.

    Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates

    Howard Pyle

  • He didn't like to lind, an' he was afeared to say No, an' he was in a quondairy intirely.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • I used to be afeared when I thought on it, but now—I think I could die and be happy!

  • I am afeared, Sir Thomas, you shall find it hard matter to deal with him.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • “I am afeared, Sister, we have no crisping-pins,” said Clare.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt


British Dictionary definitions for afeared

afeard

afeared

adjective
  1. (postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid
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Word Origin

Old English āfǣred, from afǣran to frighten, from fǣran to fear
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Word Origin and History for afeared

adj.

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.

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