verb (used with object)
Origin of alarm
Synonyms for alarm
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
And into his thoughts now crept a doubt, one that alarmed his sense of justice.
"But there wasn't any shot," the perplexed and alarmed detective expostulated.
But about this time I was alarmed for myself by a slight twinge of jealousy.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- 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.