scary

[ skair-ee ]
/ ˈskɛər i /

adjective, scar·i·er, scar·i·est.

causing fright or alarm.
easily frightened; timid.

Nearby words

  1. scarron, paul,
  2. scarry,
  3. scarsdale,
  4. scart,
  5. scarves,
  6. scat,
  7. scat singing,
  8. scat-,
  9. scatback,
  10. scatemia

Origin of scary

First recorded in 1575–85; scare + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for scariest

scary

/ (ˈskɛərɪ) /

adjective scarier or scariest informal

causing fear or alarm; frightening
easily roused to fear; timid
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Word Origin and History for scariest

scary

adj.

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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