- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /skɛə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /skɛɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛə(r)
scare (plural scares)
- A minor fright.
- Johnny had a bad scare last night.
- 2011 June 4, Phil McNulty, “England 2 - 2 Switzerland”, in BBC:
- England were held to a draw after surviving a major scare against Switzerland as they were forced to come from two goals behind to earn a point in the Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.
- A cause of slight terror; something that inspires fear or dread.
- a food-poisoning scare
- A device or object used to frighten.
- 1948, Alec H. Chisholm, Bird Wonders of Australia, page 153:
- But I admit the possibility of their being used as "scares" for either birds of prey or snakes, or both.
From Middle English scaren, skaren, scarren, skeren, skerren, from Old Norse skirra (“to frighten; to shrink away from, shun; to prevent, avert”), from Proto-Germanic *skirzijaną (“to shoo, scare off”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to swing, jump, move”). Related to Old Norse skjarr (“timid, shy, afraid of”). Cognate with Scots skar (“wild, timid, shy”), dialectal Norwegian Nynorsk skjerra, dialectal Swedish skjarra and possibly Old Armenian ցիռ (cʿiṙ, “wild ass”).
- To frighten, terrify, startle, especially in a minor way.
- Did it scare you when I said "Boo!"?
- c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 3, scene 1], lines 6-7:
- That cannot be; the noise of thy crossbow / Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
- 1995, The Langoliers
- (Laurel Stevenson) Would you please be quiet? You're scaring the little girl.
- (Craig Toomey) Scaring the little girl?! Scaring the little girl?! Lady!
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scare m (plural scares)
- “scare” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).