- to fill, especially suddenly, with fear or terror; frighten; alarm.
- 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
Synonyms for scareSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for unscaredassured, bold, brassy, brave, cheeky, cocky, confident, courageous, daring, dashing, dauntless, gallant, game, gritty, gutsy, heroic, nervy, plucky, spunky, sure
Examples from the Web for unscared
Historical Examples of unscared
The sun set, calm and golden, behind the purple hills, unscared by the lurid glow of a single bonfire.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
I rose from the thanksgiving—took a resolve—and lay down, unscared, enlightened—eager but for the daylight.Jane Eyre
Erect the standard of worldly profit, and thousands will flock to it, unscared by danger, unwearied by labour.Australia, its history and present condition
The shrinking quail whistled in his garden shrubbery, and fed, unscared, in his carriage-way.Homes of American Statesmen
But there is much diversity of disposition among these creatures, and some are unscared by repeated attacks.British Butterfiles
W. S. Coleman
- 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
Word Origin for scare
1590s, alteration of Middle English skerren (c.1200), from Old Norse skirra "to frighten; to shrink from, shun; to prevent, avert," related to skjarr "timid, shy, afraid of," of unknown origin. In Scottish also skair, skar, and in dialectal English skeer, skear, which seems to preserve the older pronunciation. To scare up "procure, obtain" is first recorded 1846, American English, from notion of rousing game from cover. Related: Scared; scaring.
"something that frightens; sudden panic, sudden terror inspired by a trifling cause, false alarm," 1520s, alteration of Middle English sker "fear, dread" (c.1400), from scare (v.). Scare tactic attested from 1948.
In addition to the idioms beginning with scare
- scare out of one's wits
- scare up
- run scared