Origin of afraid
Examples from the Web for afraid
As soon as this attack [happened], Paris citizens came together to show were are not afraid, we are Charlie Hebdo.
But we are afraid and we wonder to ourselves who will be next.
Are you excited, nervous, afraid, all of the above for the new Star Wars films?Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lynch was surely not afraid of showing disrespect to the mayor.
Afraid the Korean secret police would not believe his kidnapping story, Shin settled in Hollywood.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"You need not be afraid of that any more, Ronnie," his uncle told him calmly.The Kingdom of the Blind|E. Phillips Oppenheim
He was afraid that when he looked over the hill he would see nothing.When Buffalo Ran|George Bird Grinnell
I felt little alarm about the natives, but I was afraid that some prowling beast might attack him.In the Wilds of Africa|W.H.G. Kingston
No, darling, they are humbugging you, because they were afraid lest their plan should be known.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6|Guy de Maupassant
If they are afraid to let the boys come nearer than hailing distance, what'll be done when the mob get here?Down the Slope|James Otis
British Dictionary definitions for afraid
Word Origin for afraid
Word Origin and History for afraid
early 14c., originally past participle of afray "frighten," from Anglo-French afrayer, from Old French esfreer (see affray (n.)). A rare case of an English adjective that never stands before a noun. Because it was used in A.V. Bible, it acquired independent standing and thrived while affray faded, chasing out the once more common afeared. Sense in I'm afraid "I regret to say, I suspect" (without implication of fear) is first recorded 1590s.
Her blue affrayed eyes wide open shone [Keats, "The Eve of St. Agnes," 1820]