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  1. a mark left by a healed wound, sore, or burn.
  2. a lasting aftereffect of trouble, especially a lasting psychological injury resulting from suffering or trauma.
  3. any blemish remaining as a trace of or resulting from injury or use.
  4. Botany. a mark indicating a former point of attachment, as where a leaf has fallen from a stem.
verb (used with object), scarred, scar·ring.
  1. to mark with a scar.
verb (used without object), scarred, scar·ring.
  1. to form a scar in healing.

Origin of scar

1350–1400; Middle English; aphetic variant of eschar
Related formsscar·less, adjectiveun·scarred, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for scarring

Contemporary Examples of scarring

Historical Examples of scarring

  • Scarring his face with a stick of caustic to render himself unrecognizable.

  • Bullets began to cut the leaves and twigs, carrying away the bushes, scarring the trees and now and then taking human life.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • When it misled him, the rasping rock groaned out, scarring the submarine's smooth skin.

  • Pieces should be placed outside the blocks when scarring of the surface is to be avoided.

    Woodworking for Beginners

    Charles Gardner Wheeler

  • Along came Napoleon, hacking away the limbs and scarring the gnarled trunk with fire and sword.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

British Dictionary definitions for scarring


  1. any mark left on the skin or other tissue following the healing of a wound
  2. a permanent change in a person's character resulting from emotional distresshis wife's death left its scars on him
  3. the mark on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp the attachment of a leaf to a stem
  4. a mark of damage; blemish
verb scars, scarring or scarred
  1. to mark or become marked with a scar
  2. (intr) to heal leaving a scar

Word Origin for scar

C14: via Late Latin from Greek eskhara scab


  1. an irregular enlongated trench-like feature on a land surface that often exposes bedrock
  2. a similar formation in a river or sea
Also called (Scot): scaur

Word Origin for scar

C14: from Old Norse sker low reef, skerry
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Word Origin and History for scarring



late 14c., from Old French escare "scab" (Modern French escarre), from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara "scab formed after a burn," literally "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by Middle English skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from Old Norse skarð, related to score (n.). Figurative sense attested from 1580s.



1550s, from scar (n.1). Figurative use from 1590s. Related: Scarred; scarring.



"bare and broken rocky face of a cliff or mountain," 1670s, earlier "rock, crag" (14c.), perhaps from Old Norse sker "isolated rock or low reef in the sea," from Proto-Germanic *sker- "to cut" (see shear (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

scarring in Medicine


  1. The fibrous tissue that replaces normal tissue destroyed by injury or disease.
  1. To mark with a scar or become marked with a scar.
  2. To form scar.
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