verb (used with object)
- alar cartilage,
- alar spine,
- alarm clock,
- alarm reaction,
Origin of alarm
Examples from the Web for alarmed
Chernon Bah, co-founder of A World at School, was alarmed by what she witnessed recently in Sierra Leone.
Biologist Mattson is alarmed by the abrupt 2008 rise in grizzly mortality from conflicts both with livestock and hunters.
A woman who had been walking in front of him began sprinting, too, in an alarmed manner.
So alarmed is she at the shortage of implants, that she said it would affect the overall culture of beauty in Venezuela.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants|Jason Batansky|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.
He was astonished, for the door was locked, yet he felt relieved rather than alarmed.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci|Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
Alarmed, as Margaret well might be, she did not lose her presence of mind.The Wars of the Roses|John G. Edgar
It is easy, says the king, alarmed, for the shadow to go down ten steps.The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)|George Adam Smith
Do not be alarmed; we shall be there, and on our word as hunters, not a hair of your head shall fall.The Trail-Hunter|Gustave Aimard
But the Senate, alarmed at the tenor of his discourses, forbade him to preach.
- the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
- short for alarm clock
Word Origin for alarm
"disturbed by prospects of peril," 1640s, past participle adjective from alarm (v.).
early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all'arme "to arms!" (literally "to the arms"). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to "any sound to warn of danger or to arouse." Weakened sense of "apprehension, unease" is from 1833. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).
see false alarm.