Harum-scarum meaning

hârəm-skârəm, hărəm-skărəm
The definition of harum-scarum is done in a reckless way.

An example of something harum-scarum is jaywalking across a busy urban street.

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Harum-scarum is defined as in a reckless manner.

An example of harum-scarum used as an adverb is in the phrase "harum-scarum eating," which means eating in a destructive manner.

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With abandon; recklessly.
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Acting or done in a reckless or rash way; irresponsible.
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In a harum-scarum manner.
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A harum-scarum person or action.
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Wildly, carelessly, irresponsibly.
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Lacking a sense of responsibility; reckless.
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Origin of harum-scarum

  • Perhaps alteration of hare 'em, scare 'em hare to frighten scare

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition