Definition of afeared in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfɪəd/
(also afeard)


archaic or dialect
Example sentences
  • The point is he was big and mean and everyone was afeared of him.
  • Tonight I return to French class, and am all afeared at the thought I have started forgetting what I know.
  • And I am afeared about what sort of photos of me are going to pop up on other people's sites.


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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