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