Variant of scare
Origin: Middle 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: ME skerre < the v.