What does afraid mean?

Definitions for afraid
əˈfreɪdafraid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afraid(p)adjective

    filled with fear or apprehension

    "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"

  2. afraidadjective

    filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement

    "I'm afraid I won't be able to come"; "he was afraid he would have to let her go"; "I'm afraid you're wrong"

  3. afraidadjective

    feeling worry or concern or insecurity

    "She was afraid that I might be embarrassed"; "terribly afraid of offending someone"; "I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict"

  4. afraidadjective

    having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

    "afraid of hard work"; "afraid to show emotion"

Wiktionary

  1. afraidadjective

    Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.

  2. afraidadjective

    regretful, sorry

    I am afraid I can not help you in this matter.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Afraidparticipial adj.

    Etymology: from the verb affray:

    So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Psalm lxxxiii. 15.

    There, loathing life, and yet of death afraid,
    In anguish of her spirit, thus she pray’d. John Dryden, Fables.

    If, while this wearied flesh draws fleeting breath,
    Not satisfy’d with life, afraid of death,
    It hap’ly be thy will, that I should know
    Glimpse of delight, or pause from anxious woe;
    From now, from instant now, great Sire, dispel
    The clouds that press my soul. Matthew Prior.

Wikipedia

  1. Afraid

    To be afraid is to have the emotional response of fear to threats or danger.

ChatGPT

  1. afraid

    Afraid refers to a state of fear or unease caused by the anticipation or awareness of danger, harm, or a negative outcome. It is characterized by a feeling of apprehension or anxiety, often leading to a desire to avoid or escape from the source of fear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afraid

    impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive

Wikidata

  1. Afraid

    "Afraid" is a song by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on their 1997 album Generation Swine. A two-track pig promo picture CD includes the 3:56 Swine Mix and 4:10 Rave Mix. Written by bassist Nikki Sixx, the lyrics were inspired by the early stages of his relationship with Donna D'Errico, when he felt she was running away from him from fear of getting too close. The song charted at number 10 on the Mainstream rock charts.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Afraid

    a-frād′, adj. struck with fear: timid. [See Affray.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. afraid

    One of the most reproachful sea-epithets, as not only conveying the meaning being struck with fear, but also implies rank cowardice. (See AFEARD.)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'afraid' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1848

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'afraid' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1236

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'afraid' in Adjectives Frequency: #221

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of afraid in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of afraid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of afraid in a Sentence

  1. Sophocles:

    I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare - I have no use for him either.

  2. Gina Rodriguez:

    I was just so grateful when I had the opportunity to do what I loved that I never once stopped to complain that I wasn't getting paid as much as my fellow co-stars or male counterparts, i realized that I was afraid to make problems for anyone... I didn't want to get on anyone's bad side and I wanted to be the actress who was easy to work with and didn't complain.

  3. John F. Kennedy:

    We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

  4. Fabrizio Guzman:

    There were many people afraid, running in the streets, when the shaking started, the earthquake felt really intense and seemed to last for several minutes.

  5. The Islanders:

    This group is not afraid of work, theyre not afraid of competition. Theyre not afraid of a whole lot.

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