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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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  • "I'm afeared the little lady will soil her pretty frock," he remarked, with another pull at his forelock.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • You're afeared to go to law—Levi West—you try th' law—and see how ye like it.

  • "Sammy needn't be afeared," continued Pete, seeing the look on the girl's face.

    The Shepherd of the Hills Harold Bell Wright
  • Well, all I can say is, I never seen you afeared to go to say before.

  • I'm afeared I was born for a hard fate, an' that the day of my doom isn't far from me.

  • "I'm afeared, then, I won't be able to claim that there money," he said forlornly.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • There's a big tear in my shoulder, an' I'm afeared I've made my last cruise.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • I'm afeared of what d'you call 'ems, some tomfoolery, you know.

    The Power of Darkness Leo Tolstoy
  • We're afeared they'll get all the gold in the Klondike country if we don't hurry.

    Klondike Nuggets E. S. Ellis
  • "The least said the soonest mended about that one, I'm afeared," said the dame.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for afeared

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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Word Origin and History for afeared
adj.

Old English afæred, past participle of now-obsolete afear (Old English afæran) "to terrify," from a- (1) + root of fear. Used frequently by Shakespeare, but supplanted in literary English after 1700 by afraid (q.v.). It still survives in popular and colloquial speech.

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