ETYM Old Eng. fer, feer, fere, AS. fer a coming suddenly upon, fear, danger; akin to Dutch vaar, Old High Germ. fâra danger, German gefahr, Icel. fâr harm, mischief, plague, and to Eng. fare, peril. Related to Fare.
An emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight); SYN. fearfulness, fright.