afraid adj
knot n

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  • afraid — (adj.) early 14c., originally pp. of afray frighten, from Anglo Fr. afrayer, from O.Fr. esfreer (see AFFRAY (Cf. affray) (n.)). A rare case of an English adjective that never stands before a noun. Because it was used in A.V. Bible, it acquired… …   Etymology dictionary

  • afraid — adj. 1) deathly, terribly afraid 2) afraid of (the child was afraid of the dark) 3) afraid to + inf. (he was afraid to dive from the high board) 4) afraid that + clause (we were afraid that he would find out) 5) (misc.) is it true? I m afraid so… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • afraid — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel ▪ look, seem, sound ▪ become, grow ▪ make sb …   Collocations dictionary

  • afraid — [ə frād′] adj. [ME affraied, pp. of affraien, AFFRAY] feeling fear; frightened; apprehensive: followed by of, that, or an infinitive: often used informally to indicate regret [I m afraid I can t go] SYN. AFRAID is applied to a general feeling of… …   English World dictionary

  • afraid of one's shadow — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Scared of small or imaginary things; very easily frightened; jumpy; nervous. * /Mrs. Smith won t stay alone in her house at night; she is afraid of her own shadow./ * /Johnny cries whenever he must say hello to an adult;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • afraid of one's shadow — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Scared of small or imaginary things; very easily frightened; jumpy; nervous. * /Mrs. Smith won t stay alone in her house at night; she is afraid of her own shadow./ * /Johnny cries whenever he must say hello to an adult;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • afraid\ of\ one's\ shadow — adj. phr. informal Scared of small or imaginary things; very easily frightened; jumpy; nervous. Mrs. Smith won t stay alone in her house at night; she is afraid of her own shadow. Johnny cries whenever he must say hello to an adult; he is afraid… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • afraid — adj 1. frightened, fearful, fearsome, scared, Archaic. affrighted; terrified, panic stricken, terror stricken; apprehensive, alarmed, worried, uneasy, disquieted; distrustful, dreading, shrinking; tense, nervous, panicky, faint hearted; tremulous …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • afraid — [[t]əfre͟ɪd[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, oft ADJ of n, ADJ to inf If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think that something very unpleasant is going to happen to you. She did not seem at… …   English dictionary

  • afraid — a|fraid W2S1 [əˈfreıd] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Past participle of affray to frighten (14 19 centuries), from Old French affreer; AFFRAY] 1.) frightened because you think that you may get hurt or that something bad may… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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