Synonyms for afraid

Synonyms for (adjective) afraid

Synonyms: afraid

Definition: filled with fear or apprehension

Usage: afraid even to turn his head; suddenly looked afraid; afraid for his life; afraid of snakes; afraid to ask questions

Similar words: acrophobic

Definition: suffering from acrophobia; abnormally afraid of high places


Similar words: afeard, afeared

Definition: a pronunciation of afraid


Similar words: aghast, appalled, shocked, dismayed

Definition: struck with fear, dread, or consternation


Similar words: agoraphobic

Definition: suffering from agoraphobia; abnormally afraid of open or public places


Similar words: alarmed

Definition: experiencing a sudden sense of danger


Similar words: algophobic

Definition: suffering from algophobia; abnormally afraid of pain


Similar words: apprehensive

Definition: in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

Usage: apprehensive for one's life; apprehensive of danger


Similar words: hangdog

Definition: frightened into submission or compliance


Similar words: claustrophobic

Definition: suffering from claustrophobia; abnormally afraid of closed-in places


Similar words: fearful

Definition: experiencing or showing fear

Usage: a fearful glance; fearful of criticism


Similar words: frightened, scared

Definition: made afraid

Usage: the frightened child cowered in the corner; too shocked and scared to move


Similar words: horrified, horror-stricken, horror-struck

Definition: stricken with horror


Similar words: hunted

Definition: reflecting the fear or terror of one who is hunted

Usage: the hopeless hunted look on the prisoner's face; a glitter of apprehension in her hunted eyes


Similar words: hydrophobic, aquaphobic

Definition: abnormally afraid of water


Similar words: mysophobic

Definition: suffering from mysophobia; abnormally afraid of dirt or contamination


Similar words: panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicked, panicky, terrified, frightened

Definition: thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation

Usage: became panicky as the snow deepened; felt panicked before each exam; trying to keep back the panic-stricken crowd; the terrified horse bolted


Similar words: numb

Definition: so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed with terror; petrified

Usage: too numb with fear to move


Similar words: shitless

Definition: extremely frightened

Usage: he was scared shitless


Similar words: terror-stricken, terror-struck

Definition: struck or filled with terror


Similar words: triskaidekaphobic

Definition: suffering from triskaidekaphobia (abnormal fear of the number 13)


Similar words: unnerved

Definition: deprived of courage and strength

Usage: the steeplejack, exhausted and unnerved, couldn't hold on to his dangerous perch much longer


Similar words: white-lipped

Definition: having white lips from fear or terror


Similar words: xenophobic

Definition: suffering from xenophobia; having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign


Synonyms: afraid

Definition: filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement

Usage: 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

Similar words: concerned

Definition: feeling or showing worry or solicitude

Usage: concerned parents of youthful offenders; was concerned about the future; we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand; greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child


Synonyms: afraid

Definition: feeling worry or concern or insecurity

Usage: 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

Similar words: concerned

Definition: feeling or showing worry or solicitude

Usage: concerned parents of youthful offenders; was concerned about the future; we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand; greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child


Synonyms: afraid

Definition: having feelings of aversion or unwillingness

Usage: afraid of hard work; afraid to show emotion

Similar words: disinclined

Definition: unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval

Usage: disinclined to say anything to anybody