- anything set up in a field to scare birds away from crops, usually a figure of a man made with sticks, old clothes, etc.
- anything that frightens one but is actually not harmful
- a person regarded as resembling a scarecrow in some way, as in being repellent or unattractive
- A crude image or effigy of a person set up in a field to scare birds away from growing crops.
- Something frightening but not dangerous.
- A gaunt or haggard person.
- An effigy, typically made of straw and dressed in old clothes, fixed to a pole in a field to deter birds from eating seeds or crops planted there.
- (figuratively, pejorative) A tall, thin, awkward person.
- (figuratively) Anything that appears terrifying but offers no danger.
- A scarecrow set to frighten fools away. "” Dryden.
- A person clad in rags and tatters.
- No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I'll not march with them through Coventry, that's flat. "” Shakespeare.
- (UK, dialect) A bird, the black tern.
(third-person singular simple present scarecrows, present participle scarecrowing, simple past and past participle scarecrowed)