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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alarmingly

Word Origin and History for alarmingly



1787, from alarming, present participle adjective from alarm (v.), + -ly (2).

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