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
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
a feast for the eyes
“Afeard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afeard. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.
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