- 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.
Origin of afraid
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Examples from the Web for unafraid
But the Mexican marines who grabbed him back in February were unafraid and incorruptible.Could El Chapo Go Free?
November 19, 2014
As novels go, Made to Break registers as one unafraid of criticism.Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ And Who Are We To Argue?
May 12, 2014
He has a tremendous sense of color and is unafraid of color, which is inspiring.The Look of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
March 7, 2014
Women find him not only charming, but seductive, because, as one tells him, he is “unafraid to love women unironically.”The Legend of Brown Dog: A Great American Hero Gets His Due
December 7, 2013
Complicating matters, Dick and Lynn raised both their girls to be fierce, opinionated, and unafraid to speak their minds.The Cheneys’ Gay Marriage War
November 18, 2013
She was apt not only to know what she talked about, but she was a woman of resource, unafraid of action.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He, on the other hand, being the fastest-footed, was unafraid to venture anywhere.White Fang
I was sure-footed and unafraid, so at once I determined to essay the passage.Billy Topsail & Company
Unafraid, they caressed the unconscious locks, anointing them for their burial.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
Then, too, she was unafraid and all ready to make a lively commotion.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
- not frightenedunafraid to break new ground
- (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 and History for unafraid
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]