Afraid etymology


English word afraid comes from Old French effreer (scare, frighten)

Etymology of afraid

Detailed word origin of afraid

Dictionary entry Language Definition
effreer Old French (fro) scare, frighten
afrayer Anglo-Norman (xno) disturb, startle
afraien Middle English (enm)
affraied Middle English (enm)
afraid English (en) (colloquial) regretful, sorry. (usually used predicatively, not attributively) Impressed with fear or apprehension; in fear.