\ ə-ˈfir \

Definition of afear

 (Entry 1 of 2)

now dialectal, England
\ 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


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”


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

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“Afear.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afear. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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