alarming

[ uh-lahr-ming ]
/ əˈlɑr mɪŋ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. alaric,
  2. alarm,
  3. alarm clock,
  4. alarm reaction,
  5. alarmed,
  6. alarmingly,
  7. alarmist,
  8. alarum,
  9. alarums and excursions,
  10. alary

Origin of alarming

First recorded in 1670–80; alarm + -ing2

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

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 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 alarming

alarm

/ (əˈlɑːm) /

verb (tr)

noun

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 alarming
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Idioms and Phrases with alarming

alarm

see false alarm.

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