afeared







afeared


adjective British and Midland and Southern U.S.

  1. afraid.

adjective

  1. (postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid
adj.

Old English afæred, past participle of now-obsolete afear (Old English afæran) “to terrify,” from a- (1) + root of fear. Used frequently by Shakespeare, but supplanted in literary English after 1700 by afraid (q.v.). It still survives in popular and colloquial speech.

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