alarums and excursions
- Archaic a stage direction, esp. in Elizabethan drama, for a scene depicting a battle
- any noisy, confused situation
Origin of alarumMiddle English alarom variant of alarm alarm ; see alarm .
(third-person singular simple present alarums, present participle alaruming, simple past and past participle alarumed)
- (archaic) To sound alarums, to sound an alarm.
- Alarum is an old spelling of alarm (as a noun or a verb), which has stayed around as a deliberate archaism. Possibly it is retained because of its use in Shakespeare's plays.
From Middle English alarom, from Italian all'arme (“to arms, to the weapons”), from arma, armorum (“weapons”)