alarm

[uh-lahrm]

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. alar,
  2. alar cartilage,
  3. alar spine,
  4. alarcón,
  5. alaric,
  6. alarm clock,
  7. alarm reaction,
  8. alarmed,
  9. alarming,
  10. alarmingly

Origin of alarm

1350–1400; Middle English alarme, alarom < Middle French < Old Italian allarme, noun from phrase all'arme to (the) arms. See arm2

Related formsa·larm·a·ble, adjectivea·larm·ed·ly [uh-lahr-mid-lee] /əˈlɑr mɪd li/, adverbpre·a·larm, verb (used with object), nounun·a·larmed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See fear. 8. See frighten.

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British Dictionary definitions for alarmed

alarm

verb (tr)

to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
to warn about danger; alert
to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc

noun

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
  1. the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
  2. short for alarm clock
archaic a call to arms
fencing a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
Derived Formsalarming, adjectivealarmingly, adverb

Word Origin for alarm

C14: from Old French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme to arms; see arm ²

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Word Origin and History for alarmed
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Idioms and Phrases with alarmed

alarm

see false alarm.

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