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afear

transitive verb \ə-ˈfir\

Definition of afear

now dialectal, England

  1. :  frighten

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Origin and Etymology of afear

Middle English aferen, going back to Old English āfǣran, from ā-, perfective prefix + fǣran “to frighten” — more at abear, 2fear


First Known Use: before 12th century


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afear

conjunction \ə-ˈfir\

Definition of afear

now dialectal, British

  1. :  for fear

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Origin and Etymology of afear

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


First Known Use: 1552


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of afear


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