[ uh-lahr-ming ]
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  1. causing alarm or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect.

Origin of alarming

First recorded in 1670–80; alarm + -ing2

Other words from alarming

  • a·larm·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·a·larm·ing, adjective
  • un·a·larm·ing·ly, adverb

Words Nearby alarming Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use alarming in a sentence

  • Little boys when decking themselves out with tall hat and monstrously big clothes seem to be trying to put on an alarming aspect.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • In fact, his whole appearance was so alarming that Davy anxiously inquired of him what he had been eating.

    Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
  • "I see nothing alarming over there," said the Captain of the company, as he swept the other side of the stream with his glass.

  • Seeing the luggage piled “Olympus high,” so as to occasion an alarming oscillation.

  • At the same time alarming symptoms began to appear among the men of the sword.