afeared

afeard

[uh-feerd]
adjective British and Midland and Southern U.S.
Also, afeared.


Origin:
before 1000; Middle English afered, Old English āfǣred frightened (past participle of āfǣran). See a-3, fear, -ed2

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afeard or afeared (əˈfɪəd)
 
adj
(postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid
 
[Old English āfǣred, from afǣran to frighten, from fǣran to fear]
 
afeared or afeared
 
adj
 
[Old English āfǣred, from afǣran to frighten, from fǣran to fear]

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afeared
O.E. afæred, pp. of now-obsolete afear (O.E. afæran) "to terrify," from a- (1) + root of fear. Used by Shakespeare, but supplanted in literary Eng. after 1700 by afraid (q.v.). It still survives in popular and colloquial speech.
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