hair-raising

[ hair-rey-zing ]
/ ˈhɛərˌreɪ zɪŋ /

adjective

terrifying or horrifying: We had a hair-raising brush with death.

Nearby words

  1. hair transplant,
  2. hair trigger,
  3. hair's breadth,
  4. hair's-breadth,
  5. hair-raiser,
  6. hair-shirt,
  7. hair-splitting,
  8. hair-trigger,
  9. hairball,
  10. hairbrained

Origin of hair-raising

First recorded in 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for hair-raising

hair-raising

adjective

inspiring horror; terrifyinga hair-raising drop of 600 feet
Derived Formshair-raiser, noun

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Word Origin and History for hair-raising

hair-raising

adj.

"exciting," 1837, from hair + raise (v.). In 19c. works, sometimes as jocular mock-classical tricopherous.

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