[ hair-rey-zer ]

  1. a story, experience, etc., that is terrifying or thrilling.

Origin of hair-raiser

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby hair-raiser Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use hair-raiser in a sentence

  • That was a regular hair-raiser, as the fellow said when he finished the blood-and-thunder story.

    Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish
  • Consider me as one of the public,” he said, “and give me a hair-raiser.

    Sport Royal | Anthony Hope
  • There was one more hair-raiser ahead—the appalling curve at the forks of the Goose.

    Held for Orders | Frank H. Spearman
  • As Dave said, it was truly "a hair raiser," and he felt a quick chill creep down his backbone.

    Marching on Niagara | Edward Stratemeyer
  • That panther story was a veritable hair-raiser; and we were never tired of hearing the old man tell it.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's | Charles Asbury Stephens