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[skair-ee] /ˈskɛər i/
adjective, scarier, scariest.
causing fright or alarm.
easily frightened; timid.
Origin of scary
First recorded in 1575-85; scare + -y1 Unabridged
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  • But the colored man was not one to remain quiet when he had such a scary visitor, and his yells aroused the ship.

  • They said they had heard that "soldiers had come to catch we," and "we were scary."

  • After the first few trips he became so thoroughly accustomed that he often wondered how he had ever thought this scary riding.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • Theres a vacant bedreally, thats one reason why the room is so scary.

    Girls of Highland Hall Carolyn Watson Rankin
  • But piracy in the far future, when presented as vividly as in this story, can be scary stuff.

    This One Problem M. C. Pease
British Dictionary definitions for scary


adjective (informal) scarier, scariest
causing fear or alarm; frightening
easily roused to fear; timid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scary

also scarey, "terrifying," 1580s, from scare (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "easily frightened, subject to scares" is from 1800. Related: Scarier; scariest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for scary



Very good; first-rate: And there are some pretty scary community players out there; it's not as if just anyone can come in and play (1990s+ Musicians)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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