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also a·feared  (ə-fîrd′)
adj. Southern & Midland US

[Middle English afered, from Old English āfǣred, past participle of āfǣran, to frighten : ā-, intensive pref. + fǣran, to frighten (from fǣr, danger; see fear).]


(əˈfɪəd) or


(postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid
[Old English āfǣred, from afǣran to frighten, from fǣran to fear]


or a•feared


Dial. afraid.
[before 1000]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.afeard - a pronunciation of afraidafeard - a pronunciation of afraid    
regionalism - a feature (as a pronunciation or expression or custom) that is characteristic of a particular region
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"


also afeared
Regional. Filled with fear or terror:
Regional: ascared.
References in classic literature ?
Howsomever, I'll do the very best I can in gettin' Tom a good berth; as to my treatin' on him bad, you needn't be a grain afeard.
It's a clean hand now; shake it -- don't be afeard.
Dey ain't but one man dat I's afeard of, en dat's dat Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Bud Dixon would wake up and miss the swag, and would come straight for us, for he ain't afeard of anything or anybody, that man ain't.
We made her stop: she'd fain have ridden forwards, afeard you should be uneasy.
he said, "but it made us afeard, for we expect it that we should have to pay for it wi' some rare piece o' ill luck, so as to keep up the average.
A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that she's afeard of herself sometimes.
When I was a young men I used tull be afeard thot the owners would guv me the sack.
I am ready to wager upon myself against you if you are not afeard.
Dang it, thee bean't afeard o' schoolmeasther's takkin cold, I hope?