- a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright.
- any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger: Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming.
- an automatic device that serves to call attention, to rouse from sleep, or to warn of fire, smoke, an intruder, etc.
- a warning sound; signal for attention.
- Animal Behavior. any sound, outcry, chemical discharge, action, or other signal that functions to draw attention to a potential predator.
- Fencing. an appeal or a challenge made by a step or stamp on the ground with the advancing foot.
- Archaic. a call to arms.
- to make fearful or apprehensive; distress.
- to warn of danger; rouse to vigilance and swift measures for safety.
- to fit or equip with an alarm or alarms, as for fire, smoke, or robbery: to alarm one's house and garage.
Origin of alarm
Synonyms for alarmSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for alarmed
Contemporary Examples of alarmed
Chernon Bah, co-founder of A World at School, was alarmed by what she witnessed recently in Sierra Leone.The Radio Battle to Educate Ebola’s Kids
December 11, 2014
Biologist Mattson is alarmed by the abrupt 2008 rise in grizzly mortality from conflicts both with livestock and hunters.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
A woman who had been walking in front of him began sprinting, too, in an alarmed manner.Is John Mulaney the Next Seinfeld?
October 5, 2014
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
September 16, 2014
The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
Historical Examples of alarmed
"Don't be alarmed, my dear mother," said Robert, soothingly.Brave and Bold
Then, indeed, she had burst upon him with an impetuous despair that had alarmed him.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"But there wasn't any shot," the perplexed and alarmed detective expostulated.
And into his thoughts now crept a doubt, one that alarmed his sense of justice.
But about this time I was alarmed for myself by a slight twinge of jealousy.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
- to warn about danger; alert
- to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc
- fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright
- apprehension or uneasinessthe idea of failing filled him with alarm
- a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger
- any device that transmits such a warninga burglar alarm
- the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
- short for alarm clock
- archaic a call to arms
- fencing a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
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.