- The definition of a scar is a mark left on the skin after it heals, or a sign of mental or physical damage.
- An example of a scar is a line on a fingertip after a paper cut.
- An example of a scar is a dent on a car.
A scar from knee surgery.
- a mark left on the skin or other tissue after a wound, burn, ulcer, pustule, lesion, etc. has healed; cicatrix
- a similar mark or cicatrix on a plant, as one on a stem where a leaf was attached
- a marring or disfiguring mark on anything
- the lasting mental or emotional effects of suffering or anguish
Origin of scarMiddle English aphetic ; from Middle French escarre ; from Late Latin eschara ; from Classical Greek origin, originally , fireplace, brazier
- a precipitous rocky place or cliff
- a projecting or isolated rock, as in the sea
Origin of scarMiddle English skerre ; from Old Norse sker: for Indo-European base see shear
- A mark left on the skin after a surface injury or wound has healed.
- A lingering sign of damage or injury, either mental or physical: nightmares, anxiety, and other enduring scars of wartime experiences.
- Botany A mark indicating a former attachment, as of a leaf to a stem.
- A mark, such as a dent, resulting from use or contact.
verbscarred scarred, scar·ring, scars
- To mark with a scar.
- To leave lasting signs of damage on: a wretched childhood that scarred his psyche.
- To form a scar: The pustule healed and scarred.
- To become scarred: delicate skin that scars easily.
Origin of scarMiddle English, alteration of escare, from Old French, scab, from Late Latin eschara, from Greek eskhara, hearth, scab caused by burning.
- A protruding isolated rock.
- A bare rocky place on a mountainside or other steep slope.
Origin of scarMiddle English skerre, from Old Norse sker, low reef; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A permanent mark on the skin sometimes caused by the healing of a wound.
(third-person singular simple present scars, present participle scarring, simple past and past participle scarred)
- To mark the skin permanently.
- (intransitive) To form a scar.
- (figuratively) To affect deeply in a traumatic manner.
- Seeing his parents die in a car crash scarred him for life.
Conflation of Old French escare (“scab") (from Late Latin eschara, from Ancient Greek á¼ÏƒÏ‡Î¬ÏÎ± (eskhara, “scab left from a burn")); and Middle English skar (“incision, cut, fissure") (from Old Norse skarÃ° (“notch, chink, gap"), from Proto-Germanic *skardaz (“gap, cut, fragment")). Akin to Old Norse skor (“notch, score"), Old English sceard (“gap, cut, notch"). More at shard.
From Old Norse sker.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.