Adjective "afeared" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/əˈfɪəd/

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Definitions and examples

adjective

Afraid.
  1. 'Even the river critters were afeard of the monster!'
  2. 'Some, having spotted her, could draw no closer than a distant gaze: they were afeard, they would admit later over ale.'
  3. 'A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that she's afeard of herself sometimes.'
  4. '‘Lady,’ she croaked out, ‘I have ill tidings, and I am afeard.’'
  5. 'It's a clean hand now: shake it-don't be afeard.'

Definitions

1. afraid.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be afeared."

Origin

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