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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).]
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(əˈfɪəd) or


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


Dial. afraid.
[before 1000]
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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"
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also afeared
Regional. Filled with fear or terror:
Regional: ascared.
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We turned in and soothed him down and told him we would plan for him and help him, and he needn't be so afeard; and so by and by he got to feeling kind of comfortable again, and unscrewed his heelplates and held up his di'monds this way and that, admiring them and loving them; and when the light struck into them they WAS beautiful, sure; why, they seemed to kind of bust, and snap fire out all around.
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."
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.
who's afeard?--it's down river, somer near my old man, perhaps?" said Chloe, speaking the last in the tone of a question, and looking at Mrs.
And always Merlin lay about the lady to have her maidenhood, and she was ever passing weary of him, and fain would have been delivered of him, for she was afeard of him because he was a devil's son, and she could not beskift him by no mean.
For Lady Macbeth, however, the total devotion to becoming king and queen has nullified questions of morality: "Art thou afeard," she asks her husband, "To be the same in thine own act and valor / As thou in desire?" (1.7.39-41).
No Canadian is afeard of Ghosts" (Moodie 1857: 137).
Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
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" (1.3.93-95).