- a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright.
- any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger: Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming.
- an automatic device that serves to call attention, to rouse from sleep, or to warn of fire, smoke, an intruder, etc.
- a warning sound; signal for attention.
- Animal Behavior. any sound, outcry, chemical discharge, action, or other signal that functions to draw attention to a potential predator.
- Fencing. an appeal or a challenge made by a step or stamp on the ground with the advancing foot.
- Archaic. a call to arms.
- to make fearful or apprehensive; distress.
- to warn of danger; rouse to vigilance and swift measures for safety.
- to fit or equip with an alarm or alarms, as for fire, smoke, or robbery: to alarm one's house and garage.
Origin of alarm
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Related Words for unalarmedfearless, indomitable, steadfast, undeterred, audacious, courageous, dauntless, gallant, icy, intrepid, resolute, spunky, unafraid, unfaltering, unflinching, valiant, valorous, unalarmed, undiscouraged, undismayed
Examples from the Web for unalarmed
Contemporary Examples of unalarmed
“Stop the clock,” one judge says in an unalarmed, schoolmarmy voice.P-R-E-S-S-U-R-E
May 28, 2009
Historical Examples of unalarmed
He is unalarmed during the first few gyrations, for escape is easy.Gamblers and Gambling
Henry Ward Beecher
For he had not brought her the spontaneous, unalarmed, unspoiled spirit of his youth.The Helpmate
So Harmony, ashamed but unalarmed, made her way by the big spruce to the corner of the old lodge and thus to the courtyard.The Street of Seven Stars
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And not having experienced fear (ever before), they were unalarmed, and did not flee away.Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1
The pile was lighted, and the flames arose in volumes, but the hero gazed calmly upon them, unalarmed at his impending doom.Heathen Mythology
- to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
- to warn about danger; alert
- to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc
- fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright
- apprehension or uneasinessthe idea of failing filled him with alarm
- a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger
- any device that transmits such a warninga burglar alarm
- the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
- short for alarm clock
- archaic a call to arms
- fencing a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
Word Origin for alarm
early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all'arme "to arms!" (literally "to the arms"). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to "any sound to warn of danger or to arouse." Weakened sense of "apprehension, unease" is from 1833. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).
see false alarm.