afeard definition by Webster's New World
Origin: origin, originally past participle of Middle English aferen, to frighten ; from Old English afaeran ; from a-, intensive ; from færan, to frighten ; from fær, fear
afeard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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).