afraid /əˈfred, ||əˈfrɛd/
A·fraid p. a. Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear; apprehensive. [Afraid comes after the noun it limits.] “Back they recoiled, afraid.”
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.
Syn: -- Fearful; timid; timorous; alarmed; anxious.
adj 1: 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"
[syn: afraid(p)] [ant: unafraid(p)]
2: 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: 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: having feelings of aversion or unwillingness; "afraid of
hard work"; "affaid to show emotion"