afear

1 of 2

transitive verb

ə-ˈfir
now dialectal, England

afear

2 of 2

conjunction

ə-ˈfir
now dialectal, British
: for fear

Word History

Etymology

Transitive verb

Middle English aferen, going back to Old English āfǣran, from ā-, perfective prefix + fǣran "to frighten"

Conjunction

Middle English afere, adverb, "in fear," from a- a- entry 1 + fere fear entry 1

First Known Use

Transitive Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afear was before the 12th century

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“Afear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afear. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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