Now Chiefly Dial. frightened; afraid
Origin of afeardorigin, originally past participle of Middle English aferen, to frighten ; from Old English afaeran ; from a-, intensive ; from færan, to frighten ; from fær, fear
adjectiveSouthern & Midland US
Origin of afeardMiddle English afered, from Old English āf&aemac;red, past participle of āf&aemac;ran, to frighten : ā-, intensive pref. + f&aemac;ran, to frighten (from f&aemac;r, danger; see fear).
(comparative more afeard, superlative most afeard)
- (archaic) afraid
From afear + -ed.