afraid


afraid

adjective \ə-ˈfrād, Southern also ə-ˈfred\

Definition of AFRAID

1
:  filled with fear or apprehension <afraid of machines> <afraid for his job>
2
:  filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation <I'm afraid I won't be able to go>
3
:  having a dislike for something <afraid of hard work>

Examples of AFRAID

  1. <Melissa is afraid of flying, so she takes a train from Boston to visit her brother in Chicago.>

Origin of AFRAID

Middle English affraied, from past participle of affraien to frighten — more at affray
First Known Use: 14th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: A–frame
Previous Word in the Dictionary: Afr-
All Words Near: afraid

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up afraid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More