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afeard

or afeared

[uh-feerd] /əˈfɪərd/
adjective, British and Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
Origin of afeard
1000
before 1000; Middle English afered, Old English āfǣred frightened (past participle of āfǣran). See a-3, fear, -ed2
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  • Anybody'd think you were afeard of me, the hurry you're in to run away!

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • They couldn't come theirsells, and they were afeard to let me out my lone.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Ef he had lived in Bible times, I should hev been afeard of a visible judgment on his head, like the babes that mocked at Elijah.

  • The sojers came and took him, but he bid me tell you not to be afeard or taking on about him.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • It blew very hard all this night that I was afeard of my boy.

  • "There's no place in the world for a man that's afeard o' the sea," he said.

    Harbor Tales Down North Norman Duncan
  • Yes, there was one more, namely Mr. Pawkins, who was afeard his duds warn't dry.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • No, she shall not dismay me: I care not for that, but that I am afeard.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • "Why I've diskivered what I war most afeard on," answered the woodsman.

    Ella Barnwell Emerson Bennett
  • "I am afeard I am too troublesome to you, sir," said the boy.

British Dictionary definitions for afeard

afeard

/əˈfɪəd/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid
Word Origin
Old English āfǣred, from afǣran to frighten, from fǣran to fear
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