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 āfǣred past participle of āfǣran to frighten ā- intensive pref. fǣran to frighten ( from fǣr danger ; see fear . )
(comparative more afeard, superlative most afeard)
- (archaic) afraid
From afear + -ed.