meaning of afraid

afraid meaning in General Dictionary

Impressed with fear or apprehension in worry anxious

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  • having feelings of aversion or unwillingness
  • sensation stress or concern or insecurity
  • filled up with regret or concern; used usually to soften a distressing statement
  • full of worry or apprehension
  • Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; anxious.

afraid meaning in Etymology Dictionary

very early 14c., initially previous participle of verb afray "frighten," from Anglo-French afrayer, Old French esfreer "to fret, concern, difficulty, disrupt" (see affray (n.)). An unusual case of an English adjective that never ever appears before a noun. Given that it had been used in A.V. Bible, it acquired separate standing and thrived while affray faded, and it chased from the yet again typical afeared. Good sense in i am afraid "I regret to state, I believe" (without implication of fear) is very first recorded 1590s.Her blue affrayed eyes available shone [Keats, "The Eve of St. Agnes," 1820]

afraid meaning in General Dictionary

(p. a.) Impressed with concern or apprehension; in fear; anxious.

Sentence Examples with the word afraid

Maybe he was afraid she would insist he make an honest woman of her.

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