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- Eye dialect spelling of afraid.
1912, Edith Van Dyne, Aunt Jane's Nieces on Vacation:
- Guess ye'd better speak to 'em about spendin' so much money, Mr. Merrick; I'm 'fraid they may need it some day." "
1873, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, Complete:
- When a man is 'gaged in prah, he ain't fraid o' nuffin--dey can't nuffin tetch him."
1872, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oldtown Fireside Stories:
- "Yis," he continued, "there was a time when folks said I could a hed Miry ef I'd asked her; and I putty much think so myself, but I didn't say nothin': marriage is allers kind o'ventursome; an' Miry had such up-and-down kind o' ways, I was sort o' fraid on't.