Afraid A*fraid", p. a. [OE. afrayed, affraide, p. p. of afraien to affray. See {Affray}, and cf. {Afeard}.] Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive. [Afraid comes after the noun it limits.] ``Back they recoiled, afraid.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word expresses a less degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is followed by of before the object of fear, or by the infinitive, or by a dependent clause; as, to be afraid of death. ``I am afraid to die.'' ``I am afraid he will chastise me.'' ``Be not afraid that I your hand should take.'' --Shak. I am afraid is sometimes used colloquially to soften a statement; as, I am afraid I can not help you in this matter. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Fearful; timid; timorous; alarmed; anxious. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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