verb (used with object), scared, scar·ing.
verb (used without object), scared, scar·ing.
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Origin of scare
OTHER WORDS FROM scarescar·er, nounscar·ing·ly, adverbun·scared, adjective
Words nearby scare
Example sentences from the Web for scaring
At first, she thought he was just joking around, but soon, Mulvehill was scaring her, according to the report.
Scaring voters, whether about ISIS or Ebola, is good for the GOP.Ebola Scare-Mongerer Rand Paul Wants You to Think You’re Going to Die|Sally Kohn|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both insisted Goldwater was scaring away the swing voters Republicans needed with his unyielding conservatism.
We were all born to tell the stories of our lives; the problem lies in scaring up an audience.Comedy Is His Calling: The Brilliance of Billy Crystal|Tom Shales|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Talk show host extraordinaire Ellen DeGeneres is known for her love of scaring her guests and staff.Ellen’s Haunted House, Panda Cubs, and More Viral Videos|Julian E. Wright|November 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Immediately the larger and fiercer dogs fell upon the food, crowding or scaring the smaller curs away from it.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories|Albert Payson Terhune
The blood gushed from her nose and mouth, scaring her companion, who thought she was bleeding to death.
They crossed the bog at full speed, scaring a silent heron, who was fishing knee-deep in a pool, almost out of his wits.Lives of the Fur Folk|M. D. Haviland
And Arnold chuckled again, but gently, for fear of scaring the alligator.Motor Matt's Triumph, or, Three Speeds Forward|Stanley R. Matthews
But you did a good service in scaring this Mexican away, as you did the chap with the ox cart, spoke Ned.The Motor Boys Across the Plains|Clarence Young
British Dictionary definitions for scaring
- to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
- to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficultybrewers need to scare up more sales
Derived forms of scarescarer, noun
Word Origin for scare
Idioms and Phrases with scaring
In addition to the idioms beginning with scare
- scare out of one's wits
- scare up
- run scared