(third-person singular simple present scars, present participle scarring, simple past and past participle scarred)
- To mark the skin permanently.
- (intransitive) To form a scar.
- (figuratively) To affect deeply in a traumatic manner.
- Seeing his parents die in a car crash scarred him for life.
Conflation of Old French escare (“scab") (from Late Latin eschara, from Ancient Greek á¼ÏƒÏ‡Î¬ÏÎ± (eskhara, “scab left from a burn")); and Middle English skar (“incision, cut, fissure") (from Old Norse skarÃ° (“notch, chink, gap"), from Proto-Germanic *skardaz (“gap, cut, fragment")). Akin to Old Norse skor (“notch, score"), Old English sceard (“gap, cut, notch"). More at shard.
- A marine food fish, the scarus or parrotfish.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Latin scarus (“a kind of fish"), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎºÎ¬ÏÎ¿Ï‚ (skÃ¡ros, “parrot-wrasse, Scarus cretensis").