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

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