variants or afeared
chiefly dialectal
: afraid

Word History


Middle English afered, going back to Old English āfǣred, past participle of āfǣran "to frighten," from ā-, perfective prefix + fǣran "to frighten" — more at abide, fear entry 2

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near afeard

Cite this Entry

“Afeard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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