afeared


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a·feard

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

[Middle English afered, from Old English āfǣred, past participle of āfǣran, to frighten : ā-, intensive pref. + fǣran, to frighten (from fǣr, danger; see fear).]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.afeared - a pronunciation of afraidafeared - 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"

afeard

also afeared
adjective
Regional. Filled with fear or terror:
Regional: ascared.
References in classic literature ?
Somehow it didn't seem to me that I said it was Mary before, so I didn't look up -- seemed to me I said it was Sarah; so I felt sort of cornered, and was afeared maybe I was looking it, too.
Me and Huck's mighty glad to see you again, and you needn't be afeared we'll tell.
Wolves is fine things in a storybook, and I dessay when they gets in packs and does be chivyin' somethin' that's more afeared than they is they can make a devil of a noise and chop it up, whatever it is.
And now," he groaned, "she's afeared she will die without my being there to hold her hand.
I've got a bad name this way,' said Fern; 'and I'm not likely, I'm afeared, to get a better.
I'm afeared it's mighty dusty here today--but there's no need of looking at dust when you can look at such scenery, is there?
Indeed I am terribly afeared the squire will do her a mischief in his passion, for he is a prodigious passionate gentleman; and I am afeared too the poor lady will be brought to break her heart, for she is as tender-hearted as a chicken.
It's no reason, Arthur,' said the old woman, bending over him to whisper, 'that because I am afeared of my life of 'em, you should be.