From afear + -ed.
Homophones: affeard, affeared, afeared
afeard (comparative more afeard, superlative most afeard)
- (archaic) afraid
c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
- Pray you pass with your best violence;
- I am afeard you make a wanton of me.
2009, John Hough, Jr., Seen the Glory (Fiction), Simon and Schuster, ISBN 9781416589655, page 192:
- He's afeard of you, Luke. Don't you know that?