alarming

[ uh-lahr-ming ]
/ əˈlɑr mɪŋ /

adjective

causing alarm or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect.

Origin of alarming

First recorded in 1670–80; alarm + -ing2

Related forms

a·larm·ing·ly, adverbun·a·larm·ing, adjectiveun·a·larm·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for alarming (2 of 2)

alarm

[ uh-lahrm ]
/ əˈlɑrm /

noun

verb (used with object)

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 forms

a·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 alarming

alarm

/ (əˈlɑːm) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived Forms

alarming, 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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Idioms and Phrases with alarming

alarm


see false alarm.

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