Origin of scare

1150–1200; (v.) Middle English skerren < Old Norse skirra to frighten, derivative of skjarr timid, shy; (noun) late Middle English skere, derivative of the v.

Related forms

scar·er, nounscar·ing·ly, adverbun·scared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scaring

scare

/ (skɛə) /

verb

to fill or be filled with fear or alarm
(tr; often foll by away or off) to drive (away) by frightening
(tr) US and Canadian informal (foll by up)
  1. to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
  2. to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficultybrewers need to scare up more sales

noun

a sudden attack of fear or alarm
a period of general fear or alarm

adjective

causing (needless) fear or alarma scare story

Derived Forms

scarer, noun

Word Origin for scare

C12: from Old Norse skirra; related to Norwegian skjerra, Swedish dialect skjarra
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Idioms and Phrases with scaring

scare


In addition to the idioms beginning with scare

  • scare out of one's wits
  • scare up

also see:

  • run scared
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