[ uh-freyd ]
/ əˈfreɪd /


feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go.
feeling regret, unhappiness, or the like: I'm afraid we can't go on Monday.
feeling reluctance, unwillingness, distaste, or the like: He seemed afraid to show his own children a little kindness.

Nearby words

  1. afp,
  2. afr,
  3. afr-,
  4. afr.,
  5. afraes,
  6. afraid of one's own shadow,
  7. aframerican,
  8. afrasia,
  9. afrasian,
  10. afreet

Origin of afraid

variant spelling of affrayed, past participle of affray to disturb, frighten

Related formshalf-a·fraid, adjectiveun·a·fraid, adjective

Synonym study

1. Afraid, alarmed, frightened, terrified all indicate a state of fear. Afraid implies inner apprehensive disquiet: afraid of the dark. Alarmed implies that the feelings are aroused through realization of some imminent or unexpected danger to oneself or others: alarmed by (or about ) someone's illness. Frightened means shocked with sudden, but usually short-lived, fear, especially that arising from apprehension of physical harm: frightened by an accident. Terrified suggests the emotional reaction when one is struck with a violent, overwhelming fear: terrified by an earthquake. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unafraid

British Dictionary definitions for unafraid


/ (ˌʌnəˈfreɪd) /

adjective (postpositive often foll by of)

not frightenedunafraid to break new ground


/ (əˈfreɪd) /

adjective (postpositive)

(often foll by of) feeling fear or apprehension; frightenedhe was afraid of cats
reluctant (to do something), as through fear or timidityhe was afraid to let himself go
(often foll by that; used to lessen the effect of an unpleasant statement) regretfulI'm afraid that I shall have to tell you to go

Word Origin for afraid

C14: affraied, past participle of affray (to frighten)

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Word Origin and History for unafraid
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