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[uh-feerd] /əˈfɪərd/
adjective, British and Midland and Southern U.S.
Origin of afeard
before 1000; Middle English afered, Old English āfǣred frightened (past participle of āfǣran). See a-3, fear, -ed2 Unabridged
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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
  • "I am afeard I am too troublesome to you, sir," said the boy.

  • 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.

  • "But sure what was the sense of bein' afeard of that," Hannah Went on.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • It blew very hard all this night that I was afeard of my boy.

  • "I'm afeard he's in a bad way," whispered the man to whom he spoke.

    St. Patrick's Eve Charles James Lever
  • Yes, there was one more, namely Mr. Pawkins, who was afeard his duds warn't dry.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • You're afeard, now, if I was to see your housekeeper, that I'd say she was too handsome.

  • "Why I've diskivered what I war most afeard on," answered the woodsman.

    Ella Barnwell Emerson Bennett
  • Hemenway,' says I, for I was afeard she might be disapp'inted.

British Dictionary definitions for afeard


(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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