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[ skair-ee ]


, scar·i·er, scar·i·est.
  1. causing fright or alarm.
  2. easily frightened; timid.


/ ˈskɛərɪ /


  1. causing fear or alarm; frightening
  2. easily roused to fear; timid

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scary1

First recorded in 1575–85; scare + -y 1
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Example Sentences

It might seem scary to imagine getting infected by the coronavirus on purpose, but attenuated-virus vaccines are common.

Someone who uses fake names, fake addresses — it must be scary, or exciting, as filmmakers.

From Vox

While a cancer diagnosis at any age is scary and disorienting, it extracts a particularly powerful psychological and social toll on young adults.

It has been surprising to me that we haven’t done better in our response, surprising and deeply saddening and scary.

The problem of China’s one-sided Internet policies and even scarier efforts requires a serious, unified global response.

From Fortune

The point of publishing all the scary stats is not to dissuade people from being professional musicians.

Being in an indie band is running a never-ending, rewarding, scary, low-margin small business.

Why are “threats,” unlike other scary speech, outside the protection of the First Amendment?

But to most patients, it sounds scary, and it can give rise to its own complications.

Hearing that is a lot easier than hearing something else, but it is not less, well, humiliating and scary, I guess.

I was scared, all right, and wanted to run, because fighting always is scary until after you get started.

Who is it that was afraid to go into the big woods, and thought it was a forest filled with wild beasts and scary things?

“The old woman,” he said, “would feel sort of scary-like” until things had well blown over.

I did look scary, father; so, when I heard you coming, I hid under the couch because I did not want you to see me.

Knowing how scary he naturally was, I gave but little faith to him.