Synonyms of afraid in English:


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1‘I'm afraid of dogs’

frightened, scared, scared stiff, terrified, fearful, petrified, nervous, scared to death
apprehensive, apprehensive about, intimidated, intimidated by, alarmed, alarmed at
uneasy, tense, worried, panicky, terror-stricken, terror-struck, horror-stricken, horror-struck, frightened out of one's wits, scared out of one's wits, scared witless, beside oneself, frantic, hysterical, with one's heart in one's mouth, shaking in one's shoes, shaking like a leaf
timid, timorous, faint-hearted, cowardly, cowering, cowed, pusillanimous, daunted
British nervy
informal in a funk, in a blue funk, in a cold sweat, in a flap, in a fluster, in a state, in a tizz, in a tizzy, yellow, chicken, jittery, jumpy
dialect frit
Scottish feart
North American informal spooked
vulgar slang shit scared
archaic afeared, affrighted

unafraid, brave, confident

2‘don't be afraid to ask awkward questions’

reluctant, unwilling, disinclined, loath, slow
hesitant about, chary of, shy of, averse to

keen, confident

3‘I'm afraid that your daughter is ill’

sorry, sad, distressed, regretful, apologetic, unhappy, remorseful, rueful