to become frightened:That horse scares easily.
a sudden fright or alarm, especially with little or no reason.
a time or condition of alarm or worry: For three months there was a war scare.
scare up, Informal. to obtain with effort; find or gather: to scare up money.
- scar·er, noun
- scar·ing·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use scare in a sentence
First I won’t leave my warm house, roommate and cat to drive onto central Florida’s main artery, Interstate 4, a ride that has provided me with more scares and longer wait times than anything at Disney or Universal.Okay, so maybe we don’t miss everything about holiday travel | Liz Langley | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Warnock has tried to brush all this off as Republicans using scare tactics.What you need to know about the Georgia Senate runoff elections | Amber Phillips | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Weddings, vacations, car repairs and health scares never occur on a set schedule but you can plan on paying for these events by setting aside small amounts of money each month to better prepare yourself when life inevitably gets in the way.The 20 most important personal finance laws to live by | Ben Carlson | December 8, 2020 | Fortune
He says that WhatsApp groups were full of rumors and false reports of shootings, so he decided to use the app as a way to “avoid unnecessary scares.”The apps keeping Rio’s residents safe from stray bullets | Niall Firth | November 26, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
On the other side of the standings, the New York Jets fell to a league-worst 0-10, but not before giving the Los Angeles Chargers a scare on the road.AFC South thrives and the Steelers stay unbeaten in NFL Week 11 | Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It will almost break me heart when the gang comes and begins tearing up the swamp and scaring away me chickens.Freckles | Gene Stratton-Porter
But the religious troubles of the Netherlands were already scaring capital and industry from their older seats.History of the English People | John Richard Green
What did they mean by coming into his veldt and shooting his game without his leave, and scaring his ostriches all over the place?Aletta | Bertram Mitford
This country belongs to the red man, but his white brethren travels through, shooting the game and scaring it away.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX | Joel Palmer
Why didn't you join the girls, instead of hanging behind and scaring them half to death?Quicksilver Sue | Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
British Dictionary definitions for scare
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)
to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficulty: brewers need to scare up more sales
a sudden attack of fear or alarm
a period of general fear or alarm
causing (needless) fear or alarm: a scare story
- scarer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with scare
In addition to the idioms beginning with scare
- scare out of one's wits
- scare up
- run scared
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.