Historical Examples

Anybody’d think you were afeard of me, the hurry you’re in to run away!
Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine

They couldn’t come theirsells, and they were afeard to let me out my lone.
The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham

Ef he had lived in Bible times, I should hev been afeard of a visible judgment on his head, like the babes that mocked at Elijah.
Babylon, Volume 1 (of 3) Grant Allen

The sojers came and took him, but he bid me tell you not to be afeard or taking on about him.
The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham

It blew very hard all this night that I was afeard of my boy.
Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Samuel Pepys

“There’s no place in the world for a man that’s afeard o’ the sea,” he said.
Harbor Tales Down North Norman Duncan

Yes, there was one more, namely Mr. Pawkins, who was afeard his duds warn’t dry.
Two Knapsacks John Campbell

No, she shall not dismay me: I care not for that, but that I am afeard.
The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare

“Why I’ve diskivered what I war most afeard on,” answered the woodsman.
Ella Barnwell Emerson Bennett

“I am afeard I am too troublesome to you, sir,” said the boy.
Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

(postpositive) an archaic or dialect word for afraid


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