afraid (comparative more afraid, superlative most afraid)
- (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.
- (colloquial) regretful, sorry
- I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.
- (Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive): Afraid expresses a lesser degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is often followed by the preposition of and the object of fear, or by an infinitive, or by a dependent clause, as shown in the examples above.
impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive
colloquially, express sorrow
af- (“un-”) + rhaid (“necessity”)
afraid (feminine singular afraid, plural afraid, equative afreidied, comparative afreidiach, superlative afreidiaf)
- unnecessary, unessential
- c. 1500, Ieuan Tew, poem in Cwrt Mawr manuscript no. 5, published and translated 1921 by T. Gwynn Jones, “Cultural Bases. A Study of the Tudor Period in Wales”, Y Cymmrodor. The Magazine of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, vol. 31, page 182:
- mogelwch yma golyn
a fo goeg, ag afu gwyn—
a choegddyn crin, ledryn crach,
o fradwr—nid afreidiach;
- beware of the sting of white-livered wretches, and every withered, niggardly wretch of a traitor—it were not less necessary;
- c. 1600, Edmwnd Prys, quoted in A Welsh Grammar, Historical and Comparative by J. Morris Jones, Oxford: 1913, p. 44:
- Amlwg fydd trŵyn a’r wyneb;
Afraid i ni nodi neb.
- Plain is the nose on a face; it is unnecessary for us to mention anyone.
afraid m (plural afreidiau)
- superfluity, extravagance
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