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The word afraid is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective afraid

What does afraid mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more afraid / most afraid

  1. filled with fear or apprehension
  2. filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement
    • examples: 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
    • similar: concerned
  3. feeling worry or concern or insecurity
    • examples: 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
    • similar: concerned
  4. having feelings of aversion or unwillingness
    • examples: afraid of hard work | afraid to show emotion
    • similar: disinclined

Alternative definition of the adjective afraid


  1. [context: usually used predicatively, not attributively] Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.
  2. [context: colloquial] regretful, sorry


Afraid a.k.a. Afraid! is a musical group.

  • album: "A Split CD."


  1. "Afraid" is a song by American rock group The Neighbourhood. The song was written by group members Jesse Rutherford, Zach Abels and Jeremy Freedman, and was produced by Justyn Pilbrow and Emile Haynie. It serves as the second single to their debut studio album, I Love You, which was released on April 19, 2013 via Columbia Records.
  2. "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.
  3. "Afraid" is a song written by David Bowie for the album Heathen in 2002. It was originally intended for the unreleased album Toy in 2001 and was even featured in a commercial for XM Satellite Radio that same year.
  4. "Afraid" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  5. "Afraid" is a musical EP of Bigots.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  6. "Afraid" is a musical single of Mötley Crüe.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  7. "Afraid" is a musical EP of Crawlspace.
    • released on (15 years ago)

Phrases with Afraid

  1. Afraid of One's Own Shadow
  2. I'm Afraid So
  3. I'm Afraid Not

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Google previewChillin’ with Your Daddy God (2013)

A Daily Dose of God’s Love by Vincent C. Grote

The word afraid also means timid. Paul told Timothy that God didn't give him a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. Knowing that your Daddy God has your back will cause you to be bold in the face of adversity.

Google previewEnglish-Cheyenne Dictionary (1915)

by Rodolphe Charles Petter

affright , see frighten, scare , afraid . afire, ...

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We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger. (Tad Williams)
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Scrabble value of A1F4R1A1I1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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