- Afraid as used in vernacular, usually used by Southerners in book dialogue.
Huck, I'm afeared o' this here cave.
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afeared — (adj.) O.E. afæred, pp. of now obsolete afear (O.E. afæran) to terrify, from A (Cf. a ) (1) + root of FEAR (Cf. fear). Used frequently by Shakespeare, but supplanted in literary English after 1700 by AFRAID (Cf. afraid) (q.v.). It still survives… … Etymology dictionary
afeared — adjective see afeard … New Collegiate Dictionary
afeared — adjective A regional variation of afraid. ldquo;Why, thats true, sir, rdquo; he said; ldquo;though how you come to … Wiktionary
afeared — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective See afeard … English dictionary for students
afeared — adj. afraid … English contemporary dictionary
afeared — adjective archaic or dialect afraid. Origin OE, from āfran frighten … English new terms dictionary
afeared — adjective a pronunciation of afraid • Syn: ↑afeard • Similar to: ↑afraid • Usage Domain: ↑regionalism * * * adjective see afeard … Useful english dictionary
afraid — (adj.) early 14c., originally pp. of afray frighten, from Anglo Fr. afrayer, from O.Fr. esfreer (see AFFRAY (Cf. affray) (n.)). A rare case of an English adjective that never stands before a noun. Because it was used in A.V. Bible, it acquired… … Etymology dictionary
afeard — 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 … New Collegiate 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