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.

variant spelling of affrayed, past participle of affray to disturb, frighten

half-afraid, adjective
unafraid, adjective

1. scared, fearful, disquieted, apprehensive, timid, timorous. Afraid, alarmed, frightened, terrified all indicate a state of fear. Afraid implies inner apprehensive disquiet: afraid of the dark. Alarmed implies that the feelings are aroused through realization of some imminent or unexpected danger to oneself or others: alarmed by (or about ) someone's illness. Frightened means shocked with sudden, but usually short-lived, fear, especially that arising from apprehension of physical harm: frightened by an accident. Terrified suggests the emotional reaction when one is struck with a violent, overwhelming fear: terrified by an earthquake.

1. bold, confident, fearless. Unabridged
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afraid (əˈfreɪd)
adj (often foll by that; used to lessen the effect of an unpleasant statement)
1.  (often foll by of) feeling fear or apprehension; frightened: he was afraid of cats
2.  reluctant (to do something), as through fear or timidity: he was afraid to let himself go
3.  regretful: I'm afraid that I shall have to tell you to go
[C14: affraied, past participle of affray (to frighten)]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., originally pp. of afray "frighten," from Anglo-Fr. afrayer, from O.Fr. 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 afeard (q.v.). 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]
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Example sentences
She and her fearful fellows may have good reason to be afraid.
There are so many fearful things that happen, so much uncertainty, but they are
  never afraid.
At some point, the overworked and the unemployed are likely to be more angry
  than afraid.
For example, if he is afraid of swimming, teach him how fun it is to play in
  the water.
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