Definition of afraid
1 : filled with fear or apprehension afraid of machines was afraid for his job
2 : filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation I'm afraid I won't be able to go.
3 : having a dislike for something She's not afraid of hard work. [=she's not unwilling to work hard]
Examples of afraid in a sentence
Melissa is afraid of flying, so she takes a train from Boston to visit her brother in Chicago.
Origin and Etymology of afraid
Middle English affraied, from past participle of affraien to frighten — more at affray
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of afraid
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Definition of afraid for Students
1 : filled with fear She was afraid of snakes.
2 : filled with concern or regret I'm afraid I won't be able to go.
3 : having a dislike for something They're not afraid to work hard.
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