transitive verbscared, scar′ing
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
- 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.