The experience of hearing an unfamiliar noise in the middle of the night is an example of afraid.
The feeling someone gets when realizing they can't pay their mortgage is an example of afraid.
Not afraid of hard work; afraid to show emotion.
Afraid of ghosts; afraid to die; afraid for his life.
I'm afraid you're wrong.
I'm afraid I can't go.
Origin of afraid
- Middle English affraied past participle of affraien to frighten from Old French esfraier, esfreer to disturb of Germanic origin prī- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English affrayed, affraied, past participle of afraien (“to affray”), from Anglo-Norman afrayer (“to terrify, disquiet, disturb”), from Old French effreer, esfreer (“to disturb, remove the peace from”), from es- (“ex-”) + freer (“to secure, secure the peace”), from Frankish *friþu (“security, peace”), from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (“peace”), from Proto-Germanic *frijōną (“to free; to love”), from Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, *prēy- (“to like, love”). Compare also afeard. More at free, friend.