Definition of afeard in English:

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afeard

Pronunciation: /əˈfird/
(also afeared)

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.

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Syllabification: a·feard

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