Afraid Definition

Filled with fear; frightened.
Afraid of ghosts; afraid to die; afraid for his life.
American Heritage
Feeling fear; frightened; apprehensive.
I'm afraid I can't go.
Webster's New World
Having feelings of aversion or unwillingness in regard to something.
Not afraid of hard work; afraid to show emotion.
American Heritage
Filled with regret or concern. Used especially to soften an unpleasant statement.
I'm afraid you're wrong.
American Heritage

(usually used predicatively, not attributively) Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.

He is afraid of death.
He is afraid to die.
He is afraid that he will die.

Origin of Afraid

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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