Etymology: Middle English affraied, from past participle of affraien to frighten — more at affray
Date: 14th century
1. filled with fear or apprehension <afraid of machines> <afraid for his job> 2. filled with concern or regret over an unwanted situation <I'm afraid I won't be able to go> 3. having a dislike for something <afraid of hard work> Synonyms: see fearful
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.