- causing fright or alarm.
- easily frightened; timid.
Origin of scary
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Examples from the Web for scary
Being in an indie band is running a never-ending, rewarding, scary, low-margin small business.
The point of publishing all the scary stats is not to dissuade people from being professional musicians.
Why are “threats,” unlike other scary speech, outside the protection of the First Amendment?Does Free Speech Cover Murder Fantasies? The Supreme Court’s Definition of a ‘Threat’
Geoffrey R. Stone
December 1, 2014
Hearing that is a lot easier than hearing something else, but it is not less, well, humiliating and scary, I guess.What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq
November 6, 2014
“I thought it created an effective, scary scene especially for the young viewers,” Davis says.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
But piracy in the far future, when presented as vividly as in this story, can be scary stuff.This One Problem
M. C. Pease
They said they had heard that "soldiers had come to catch we," and "we were scary."Letters from Port Royal
And the scenery-wavery stuff and the warped Park-sounds were scary too.No Great Magic
Fritz Reuter Leiber
Mrs. Cow's ten times as big as Katie Cottontail, but she's just as scary.
It took more than that, although he was a scary little chap.
- causing fear or alarm; frightening
- easily roused to fear; timid
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Word Origin and History for scary
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