Something has scared this man.
- Scare means to frighten.
An example of scare used as an adjective is the phrase "scare walk" which means a walk with ghosts, witches and other haunted beings.
- The definition of a scare is something frightening or a sudden panic of fear.
An example of a scare is a natural disaster.
- To scare is defined as to suddenly frighten or alarm someone.
An example of to scare is to jump out from behind a bush and startle someone.
transitive verbscared, scar′ing
Origin of scareMiddle English skerren from Old Norse skirra, to scare, make timid from skjarr, timid, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ker-, to jump from source Classical Latin scurra, buffoon
- a sudden fear or panic; attack of fright, often unreasonable
- a state of widespread fear or panic: a war scare
Origin of scareME skerre < the v.
verbscared, scar·ing, scares
- A condition or sensation of sudden fear: That mask gave me a real scare.
- A general state of alarm; a panic: a bomb scare that necessitated evacuating the building.
Origin of scareMiddle English skerren, scaren from Old Norse skirra from skjarr timid
(third-person singular simple present scares, present participle scaring, simple past and past participle scared)