[ 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

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