“AFEARD. This is a very common expression for afraid, and though thought low, is a true archaism of our language, as seen in Chaucer, Shakspeare, and Ben Jonson. Major Moor terms it an old and good word.”
From Sailor’s Word Book: An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms. By William Henry Smyth. 1867.
I’m old enough to remember some amazing old dictionaries with wonderful illustrations, some with color plates. Online dictionaries are, for me, completely devoid of interest or art. So, I’ve decided to post a dictionary word each day, and to draw them from old dictionaries, many of which can be found in online book archives.