Share this entry

Share this page

afeard

Syllabification: a·feard
Pronunciation: /əˈfird
 
/
(also afeared)

Definition of afeard in English:

adjective

archaic or dialect
Afraid.
Example sentences
  • It's a clean hand now: shake it-don't be afeard.
  • Even the river critters were afeard of the monster!
  • ‘Lady,’ she croaked out, ‘I have ill tidings, and I am afeard.’

Origin

Old English, from āfǣran 'frighten', from ā- (expressing intensity) + fǣran (see fear); used commonly by Shakespeare, but rarely after 1700 in written form.

Definition of afeard in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…