Scare Definition

skâr
scared, scares, scaring
verb
scared, scares, scaring
To fill with fear or terror; esp., to frighten suddenly or startle; terrify.
Webster's New World
To become frightened, esp. suddenly.
A person who scares easily.
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noun
scares
A sudden fear or panic; attack of fright, often unreasonable.
Webster's New World
A state of widespread fear or panic.
A war scare.
Webster's New World

A minor fright.

Johnny had a bad scare last night.
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adjective
Serving or intended to frighten people.
Scare stories; scare tactics.
American Heritage
Scare means to frighten.
An example of scare used as an adjective is the phrase "scare walk" which means a walk with ghosts, witches and other haunted beings.
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idiom
scare away
  • to drive away or off by frightening
Webster's New World
scare up
  • to produce or gather quickly
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Other Word Forms of Scare

Noun

Singular:
scare
Plural:
scares

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Scare

Origin of Scare

  • Middle English skerren, scaren from Old Norse skirra from skjarr timid

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

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