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adjective, scar·i·er, scar·i·est.
  1. causing fright or alarm.
  2. easily frightened; timid.
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Origin of scary

First recorded in 1575–85; scare + -y1
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Related Words for scarier

hairy, eerie, spooky, intimidating, creepy, alarming, shocking, chilling, horrifying, hair-raising, bloodcurdling, horrendous, spine-chilling, unnerving

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British Dictionary definitions for scarier


adjective scarier or scariest informal
  1. causing fear or alarm; frightening
  2. easily roused to fear; timid
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Word Origin and History for scarier



also scarey, "terrifying," 1580s, from scare (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "easily frightened, subject to scares" is from 1800. Related: Scarier; scariest.

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