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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 ?
Twice we stopped to fix the machinery and laid a good while, once in the night; but it wasn't dark enough, and he was afeard to skip.
I am ready to wager upon myself against you if you are not afeard.
I never saw the face yet of the man that I was afeard of.
It's a clean hand now; shake it -- don't be afeard.
When I was a young men I used tull be afeard thot the owners would guv me the sack.
The dense textures of the very recent Be Not Afeard, a setting from The Tempest for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, were delivered with great clarity, Alexis Cooling's soprano vocalising mesmerically above her colleagues.
As Ross remarks less than a score of lines later: "He [Duncan] finds thee in the stout Norwegian ranks, / Nothing afeard of what thyself didst make, / Strange images of death" (1.
They prefer "craft and deceit" to bloodshed, but if they do not get what they want before war breaks out, they "take so cruel vengeance of them which be in the fault, that ever after they be afeard to do the like" (More 1999, 99).
Art thou afeard To be the same in thine own act and valour, As thou art in desire?
The bell, produced by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, is inscribed with a quote from The Tempest's Caliban: "Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises".
A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts, that she's afeard of herself sometimes.
The ceremony will commence with the ringing of a giant bell emblazoned with a line from a speech by Caliban in William Shakespeare's The Tempest: 'Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises'.