Origin: orig. pp. of ME aferen, to frighten < OE afaeran < a-, intens. < færan, to frighten < fær, fear
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also a·fearedadjective Southern & Midland U.S.
Origin: Middle English afered, from Old English āfǣred, past participle of āfǣran, to frighten : ā-, intensive pref. + fǣran, to frighten (from fǣr, danger; see fear).