The definition of harum-scarum is done in a reckless way.
An example of something harum-scarum is jaywalking across a busy urban street.
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.
With abandon; recklessly.
Acting or done in a reckless or rash way; irresponsible.
In a harum-scarum manner.
A harum-scarum person or action.
Wildly, carelessly, irresponsibly.
Lacking a sense of responsibility; reckless.
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