un·​afraid ˌən-ə-ˈfrād How to pronounce unafraid (audio)
 Southern also  -ə-ˈfred
: not afraid or frightened : not fearful
unafraid of the dark
unafraid to try new things

Examples of unafraid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Shirley, Netflix’s biopic detailing many of Chisholm’s historic moments throughout her political career, Regina King plays the beloved woman who was unafraid to express herself. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024 This last was presented by a nearly nude John Cena, in a cheeky nod to the infamous streaker incident at the Oscars, fifty years ago—a nice touch in a show unafraid to acknowledge its own history. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 This was a hardy tree, unafraid of a little salt water. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 Increasingly unafraid of Ukrainian howitzer batteries, Russian batteries have been massing, out in the open, for devastating salvos that level Ukrainian fortifications. David Axe, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Aikman, the former Cowboys star quarterback, offers pointed analysis while also being unafraid of sharing his opinion — including calling out the Philadelphia Eagles for their apparent lack of effort in an embarrassing wild-card round loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. C.j. Doon, Baltimore Sun, 23 Jan. 2024 Rei, 20, has become unafraid to express herself and try new things. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2024 At over 70 years old, Lebowitz continues to live life on her own terms and is unafraid to speak her mind. Sari Beth Rosenberg, Parents, 5 Mar. 2024 Octopus Baja is Delgado’s ode to historic spice trade routes, a Mexican seafood concept at 2731 K St. in midtown Sacramento that is unafraid to draw from Japanese, Peruvian and European cuisines. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unafraid was in the 15th century

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“Unafraid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unafraid. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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