[ skair ]
/ skɛər /
verb (used with object), scared, scar·ing.
to fill, especially suddenly, with fear or terror; frighten; alarm.
verb (used without object), scared, scar·ing.
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.
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 formsscar·er, nounscar·ing·ly, adverbun·scared, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scaringly
/ (skɛə) /
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 difficultybrewers need to scare up more sales
a sudden attack of fear or alarm
a period of general fear or alarm
causing (needless) fear or alarma scare story
Derived Formsscarer, 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 scaringly
In addition to the idioms beginning with scare
- scare out of one's wits
- scare up
- run scared
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