Definition of afraid in English:
- It has certainly exacerbated the extent to which people are afraid of terrorist attacks.
- He says that since starting the job he is less jumpy and no longer afraid of the dark.
- He said today he was not afraid of competing with supermarkets but feared the effect on customer choice.
- My arms hugged around me, as if I was suddenly afraid of him, as if I was afraid that he would hurt me.
- Now I am afraid that my right ear, which is almost normal, may also develop problems.
- We all understand self-indulgence but are afraid that self-denial might be beyond us.
- They kill and maim people and are too afraid to take the consequences of their actions.
- They're not afraid to slow their songs down, lose the bass and add a pretty vocal.
- In consequence we are becoming a tight-lipped silent majority afraid to rise above the parapet.
- Many people could not understand what I saw in him and were actually afraid for my safety with him, especially my mother.
- The reason he had not offered information concerning where he had obtained the drugs was because he was genuinely afraid for his safety if he did so.
- Their victims included a deaf and dumb couple who lost about £160 in the burglary and are now so afraid for their safety they want to move.
- I'm afraid
- [with clause] Used to express polite or formal apology or regret: I’m afraid I don’t understandMore example sentences
sorry, sad, distressed, regretful, apologetic, unhappy, remorseful, rueful
- I know I should start to share the comings and goings of the trip but I need to take another day off, I'm afraid.
- This non-stop preoccupation with health matters is terribly boring, I'm afraid.
- Sparkling wit and scintillating conversation are not likely to be my forté today, I'm afraid.
Middle English: past participle of the obsolete verb affray, from Anglo-Norman French afrayer (see affray).
affray from Middle English:
Although an affray is now a disturbance of the peace caused by fighting in a public place, its first meaning was ‘alarm, fright or terror’ or ‘frighten’. Its root is the old Norman French word afrayer, which also gives us afraid (Middle English).
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