- The definition of harum-scarum is done in a reckless way.
An example of something harum-scarum is jaywalking across a busy urban street.
- Harum-scarum is defined as in a reckless manner.
An example of harum-scarum used as an adverb is in the phrase "harum-scarum eating," which means eating in a destructive manner.
harum-scarum definition by Webster's New World
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps hare plush scare plush 'em
harum-scarum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Perhaps alteration of hare 'em, scare 'em : hare, to frighten + scare.