Definition of "afraid" []

  • Filled with fear: afraid of ghosts; afraid to die; afraid for his life. (adjective)
  • Having feelings of aversion or unwillingness in regard to something: not afraid of hard work; afraid to show emotion. (adjective)
  • Filled with regret or concern. Used especially to soften an unpleasant statement: I'm afraid you're wrong. (adjective)
  • Feeling fear or apprehension; frightened (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Reluctant (to do something), as through fear or timidity (adjective)
  • Regretful (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "afraid" in a sentence
  • "Well if Hope/Change/Hope/Change is a broken record what the heck is * be afraid, be very afraid*?"
  • ""Captain, we have had hard times of it out there, but _don't be afraid, don't be afraid_.""
  • "Let him go, and he will walk the streets with a swagger, and boast that you were afraid to touch him -- _afraid_, gentlemen -- and children and women will point after him as the man who has sent nine others into eternity, and who yet walks the streets a free man."