- Present participle of scare.
Variant of scare
transitive verbscared, scaring
to fill with fear or terror; esp., to frighten suddenly or startle; terrify
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
to become frightened, esp. suddenly: a person who scares easily
- 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.
scare awayor scare off
to drive away or off by frightening
Informal to produce or gather quickly