- an object, usually a figure of a person in old clothes, set up to frighten crows or other birds away from crops.
- anything frightening but not really dangerous.
- a person in ragged clothes.
- an extremely thin person.
Origin of scarecrow
Related Words for scarecrowspectacle, beggar, urchin, vagrant, orphan, waif, tramp, tatterdemalion, bum, vagabond, loafer, hobo, wastrel, guttersnipe, gamin, scarecrow, blot, ogre, fright, mess
Examples from the Web for scarecrow
Contemporary Examples of scarecrow
It would be like if after the 40th pipe in Flappy Bird was a scarecrow.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
There, the beloved characters would emerge: the Cowardly Lion singing about courage and the Scarecrow dancing with the crows.Follow the Yellow Brick Road…to North Carolina
February 12, 2014
There's no Judy Garland songs, no Scarecrow, no Tin Man, no Cowardly Lion.What Critics Are Saying About ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’
March 8, 2013
His size 22 feet splayed out in front of him, he resembles an oversize version of the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.The Seven Foot Philanthropist
June 4, 2010
And, like the scarecrow, I'm glad you found a bit of your brain.How the People in My District Got Stupak to Change His Mind
March 22, 2010
Historical Examples of scarecrow
“I would not be seen in the street with that scarecrow,” murmured Giles.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
In the strange illumination of the search beams he seemed the wraith of a scarecrow.Slaves of Mercury
He once told my mother that he had more than once changed clothes with a scarecrow.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
It was a miserable-looking woman in clothes that might have been stolen from a scarecrow.The Christian
Do you happen to know whatever became of the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow?Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
L. Frank Baum
- an object, usually in the shape of a man, made out of sticks and old clothes to scare birds away from crops
- a person or thing that appears frightening but is not actually harmful
- an untidy-looking person
- a very thin person
1550s, from scare (v.) + crow (n.). Earliest reference is to a person employed to scare birds. Meaning "device of straw and cloth in grotesque resemblance of a man, set up in a grain field or garden to frighten crows," is implied by 1580s; hence "gaunt, ridiculous person" (1590s). The older name for such a thing was shewel. Shoy-hoy apparently is another old word for a straw-stuffed scarecrow (Cobbett began using it as a political insult in 1819 and others picked it up; OED defines it as "one who scares away birds from a sown field," and says it is imitative of their cry).