Affrayed
Affray Af*fray", v. t. [p. p. {Affrayed}.] [OE. afraien, affraien, OF. effreer, esfreer, F. effrayer, orig. to disquiet, put out of peace, fr. L. ex + OHG. fridu peace (akin to E. free). Cf. {Afraid}, {Fray}, {Frith} inclosure.] [Archaic] 1. To startle from quiet; to alarm. [1913 Webster]

Smale foules a great heap That had afrayed [affrayed] me out of my sleep. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To frighten; to scare; to frighten away. [1913 Webster]

That voice doth us affray. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • affrayed — affrayedˈ adjective (archaic) Alarmed (now ↑afraid) • • • Main Entry: ↑affray …   Useful english dictionary

  • Affray — Af*fray , v. t. [p. p. {Affrayed}.] [OE. afraien, affraien, OF. effreer, esfreer, F. effrayer, orig. to disquiet, put out of peace, fr. L. ex + OHG. fridu peace (akin to E. free). Cf. {Afraid}, {Fray}, {Frith} inclosure.] [Archaic] 1. To startle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fray — Fray, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frayed} (fr[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fraying}.] [See 1st {Fray}, and cf. {Affray}.] To frighten; to terrify; to alarm. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed? Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frayed — Fray Fray, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frayed} (fr[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fraying}.] [See 1st {Fray}, and cf. {Affray}.] To frighten; to terrify; to alarm. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed? Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fraying — Fray Fray, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Frayed} (fr[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Fraying}.] [See 1st {Fray}, and cf. {Affray}.] To frighten; to terrify; to alarm. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] What frays ye, that were wont to comfort me affrayed? Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • afraid — /euh frayd /, adj. 1. feeling fear; filled with apprehension: afraid to go. 2. feeling regret, unhappiness, or the like: I m afraid we can t go on Monday. 3. feeling reluctance, unwillingness, distaste, or the like: He seemed afraid to show his… …   Universalium

  • afraid — (adj.) early 14c., originally pp. of afray frighten, from Anglo Fr. afrayer, from O.Fr. esfreer (see AFFRAY (Cf. affray) (n.)). A rare case of an English adjective that never stands before a noun. Because it was used in A.V. Bible, it acquired… …   Etymology dictionary

  • afraid — a•fraid [[t]əˈfreɪd[/t]] adj. 1) feeling fear; filled with apprehension: to be afraid to go[/ex] 2) feeling regret or unhappiness: I m afraid we can t go on Monday[/ex] 3) feeling reluctance or unwillingness: He was afraid to show his… …   From formal English to slang

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