harum-scarum

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌhɛəɹəmˈskɛəɹəm/

Adjective[edit]

harum-scarum (not comparable) harum-scarum

  1. wild, careless, irresponsible
    • 1832, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Eugene Aram
      Lester's good heart will be to hear that little Peter is so improved;--no longer a dissolute, harum-scarum fellow, throwing away his money, and always in debt.

Adverb[edit]

harum-scarum (not comparable) harum-scarum

  1. wildly, carelessly, irresponsibly
    • 1800, Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent
      ... for he never looked after anything at all, but harum-scarum called for everything as if we were conjurors, or he in a public-house.