- 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 ἐσχάρα (eskhara, “scab left from a burn”)); and Middle English skar (“incision, cut, fissure”) (from Old Norse skarð (“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.
- arcs, cars
Latin scarus (“a kind of fish”), from Ancient Greek σκάρος (skáros, “parrot-wrasse, Scarus cretensis”).