or afeared adjective Etymology: Middle English afered, from Old English āfǣred, past participle of āfǣran to frighten, from ā-, perfective prefix + fǣran to frighten — more at abide, fear Date: before 12th century chiefly dialect afraid

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  • Afeard — A*feard ([.a]*f[=e]rd ), p. a. [OE. afered, AS. [=a]f[=ae]red, p. p. of [=a]f[=ae]ran to frighten; [=a] (cf. Goth. us , Ger. er , orig. meaning out) + f[=ae]ran to frighten. See {Fear}.] Afraid. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Be not afeard; the isle is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afeard — or afeared [ə fird′] adj. [orig. pp. of ME aferen, to frighten < OE afaeran < a , intens. < færan, to frighten < fær, FEAR] Now Chiefly Dial. frightened; afraid …   English World dictionary

  • afeard — /euh feard /, adj. Brit. and Midland and Southern U.S. afraid. Also, afeared. [bef. 1000; ME afered, OE afaered frightened (ptp. of afaeran). See A 3, FEAR, ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • afeard — adjective afraid Pray you pass with your best violence; See Also: afear …   Wiktionary

  • afeard — (Roget s Thesaurus II) (or afeared) adjective Regional. Filled with fear or terror: afraid, aghast, apprehensive, fearful, fearsome, funky, panicky. Regional: ascared. See FEAR …   English dictionary for students

  • afeard — adj. RG. 388 …   Oldest English Words

  • afeard — a•feard or a•feared [[t]əˈfɪərd[/t]] adj. brit. dial. afraid • Etymology: bef. 1000 …   From formal English to slang

  • afeard — /əˈfɪəd/ (say uh feard) adjective Archaic afraid. Also, afeared. {Middle English afered, Old English āfǣred} …  

  • afeard —  Afraid …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • afeard — adjective a pronunciation of afraid • Syn: ↑afeared • Similar to: ↑afraid • Usage Domain: ↑regionalism …   Useful english dictionary

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