from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger.
- n. A state or condition marked by this feeling: living in fear.
- n. A feeling of disquiet or apprehension: a fear of looking foolish.
- n. Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.
- n. A reason for dread or apprehension: Being alone is my greatest fear.
- transitive v. To be afraid or frightened of.
- transitive v. To be uneasy or apprehensive about: feared the test results.
- transitive v. To be in awe of; revere.
- transitive v. To consider probable; expect: I fear you are wrong. I fear I have bad news for you.
- transitive v. Archaic To feel fear within (oneself).
- intransitive v. To be afraid.
- intransitive v. To be uneasy or apprehensive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger or threat.
- n. A phobia, a sense of fear induced by something or someone.
- n. Extreme veneration or awe, as toward a supreme being or deity.
- v. To cause fear to; to frighten.
- v. To feel fear about (something).
- v. To venerate; to feel awe towards.
- v. Regret
- adj. Able; capable; stout; strong; sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A variant of fere, a mate, a companion.
- n. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.
- n. Apprehension of incurring, or solicitude to avoid, God's wrath; the trembling and awful reverence felt toward the Supreme Being.
- n. Respectful reverence for men of authority or worth.
- n. That which causes, or which is the object of, apprehension or alarm; source or occasion of terror; danger; dreadfulness.
- transitive v. To feel a painful apprehension of; to be afraid of; to consider or expect with emotion of alarm or solicitude.
- transitive v. To have a reverential awe of; to be solicitous to avoid the displeasure of.
- transitive v. To be anxious or solicitous for; now replaced by fear for.
- transitive v. To suspect; to doubt.
- transitive v. To affright; to terrify; to drive away or prevent approach of by fear.
- intransitive v. To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil or harm, and accompanied by a strong desire to escape it; an active feeling of dread of which fright and terror are the intenser degrees; hence, apprehension or dread in general.
- n. Anxiety; solicitude.
- n. A cause or object of fear.
- n. Formidableness; aptness to cause fear.
- n. Reverence; respect for rightful authority; especially, reverence manifesting itself in obedience.
- n. Synonyms See alarm. Concern, dread. Veneration, reverence, awe.
- To frighten; affright; terrify; drive away or keep away by fear.
- To feel a painful apprehension of, as some impending evil; be afraid of; consider or expect with emotions of alarm or solicitude.
- To reverence; have a reverential awe of; venerate.
- To have fear for; have anxiety about; be solicitous for.
- To be frightened; be afraid; be in apprehension of evil; feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.
- To be in anxious uncertainty; doubt.
- n. See feer.
- Able; capable; stout; strong; sound: as, hale and fear (whole and entire, well and sound).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement
- v. be uneasy or apprehensive about
- n. an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
- v. be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
- n. an anxious feeling
- v. be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event
- n. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
- v. regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
Middle English fer, from Old English fǣr, danger, sudden calamity.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English feer, fere, fer, from Old English fǣr, ġefǣr ("calamity, sudden danger, peril, sudden attack, terrible sight"), from Proto-Germanic *fēran (“danger”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to attempt, try, research, risk”). Cognate with Dutch gevaar ("danger, risk, peril"), German Gefahr ("danger, risk, hazard"), Swedish fara ("danger, risk, peril"), Latin perīculum ("danger, risk, trial"). Albanian frikë ("fear,danger") and Romanian frǐca ("fear") are also cognates, although probably influenced by an early Germanic variant. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English feren, from Old English fǣran ("to frighten, raven"), from Old English fǣr, ġefǣr ("calamity, sudden danger, peril, sudden attack, terrible sight"). See above. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English fere, feore, from Old English fēre ("able to go, fit for service"), from Proto-Germanic *fōriz, *fōrjaz (“passable”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to put across, ferry”). Cognate with Scots fere, feir ("well, active, sound"), Middle High German gevüere ("able, capable, fit, serviceable"), Swedish för ("capable, able, stout"), Icelandic færr ("able"). Related to fare. (Wiktionary)