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Origin of scary

First recorded in 1575–85; scare + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of scariest

Historical Examples of scariest

  • “Bunny certainly is the scariest girl in this camp,” laughed Louise Johnson carelessly.

    The Torch Bearer

    I. T. Thurston

  • He had gone out of the cave where he lived and rolled in the smelliest, nastiest mud he could find, so he would look his scariest.


    Lewis Roth

British Dictionary definitions for scariest


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 scariest



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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