verb (used with object), scared, scar·ing.
verb (used without object), scared, scar·ing.
- scarce as hen's teeth,
- scarcely ever,
- scare out of one's wits,
- scare quotes,
- scare up,
Origin of scare
Examples from the Web for scared
Once I got over that hurdle, it was as if a huge weight had lifted and I was not scared anymore.
He recalled for Koenig how scared Jay was the night he was picked up by cops—though not of the police, but of Adnan.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
About our Eric Garners—too fat, too scared, too noncompliant, too many kids—there are always, as Flagg knows well, excuses.
He says attacks against women have risen, and the migrants and refugees have made people too scared to leave their homes at night.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had been scared and powerless to protect himself, and Moscow had been silent.
And if you should hear me serrynadin' you with a horse-fiddle after a while, don't be scared.The Wrong Woman|Charles D. Stewart
Cheseldine's got border towns on his staff, or scared of him, and these places we want to know about, especially Fairdale.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
I was scared at letting go of my professional easy-going life.Aliens|William McFee
The old woman Gianna had come downstairs with a lighted rush candle in her hand; she was scared and afraid.The Waters of Edera|Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
It was concluded that by these acts the intruder was scared away.
- to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
- to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficultybrewers need to scare up more sales
Word Origin for scare
past participle adjective from scare (v.). Scared stiff first recorded 1900; scared shitless is from 1936. Scaredy-cat "timid person" first attested 1906.
1590s, alteration of Middle English skerren (c.1200), from Old Norse skirra "to frighten; to shrink from, shun; to prevent, avert," related to skjarr "timid, shy, afraid of," of unknown origin. In Scottish also skair, skar, and in dialectal English skeer, skear, which seems to preserve the older pronunciation. To scare up "procure, obtain" is first recorded 1846, American English, from notion of rousing game from cover. Related: Scared; scaring.
"something that frightens; sudden panic, sudden terror inspired by a trifling cause, false alarm," 1520s, alteration of Middle English sker "fear, dread" (c.1400), from scare (v.). Scare tactic attested from 1948.
In addition to the idioms beginning with scare
- scare out of one's wits
- scare up
- run scared