\ ə-ˈfir \

Definition of afear

 (Entry 1 of 2)

now dialectal, England

afear

conjunction
\ ə-ˈfir \

Definition of afear (Entry 2 of 2)

now dialectal, British
: for fear

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First Known Use of afear

Transitive verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afear

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

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“Afear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afear. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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