What is afraid?

  • (adj): Feeling worry or concern or insecurity.
    Example: "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"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "afraid":

  • (adj): Filled with fear or apprehension.
    Example: "Afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"
  • (adj): Having feelings of aversion or unwillingness.
    Example: "Afraid of hard work"; "affaid to show emotion"
  • (adj): Filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement.
    Example: "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"

Famous quotes containing the word afraid:

    I’m afraid the visit of such a distinguished critic may cause my children to become conceited. To you they are wax, but to me, their creator, they live and breathe.
    Crane Wilbur (1889–1973)

    When we can begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
    Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923)

    I don’t think America’s the center of the world anymore. I think African women will lead the way [in] ... women’s liberation ... The African woman, she’s got a country, she’s got the flag, she’s got her own army, got the navy. She doesn’t have a racism problem. She’s not afraid that if she speaks up, her man will say goodbye to her.
    Faith Ringgold (b. 1934)