- 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.
Origin of harum-scarumfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps hare + scare + 'em
Origin of harum-scarumPerhaps alteration of hare 'em, scare 'em hare to frighten scare
(not comparable) harum-scarum
- wildly, carelessly, irresponsibly