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- (colloquial) Causing or able to cause fright
- The tiger's jaws were scary.
- She was hiding behind her pillow during the scary parts of the film.
- (US, colloquial) Subject to sudden alarm; nervous, jumpy.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Whittier to this entry?)
- 1916, Texas Department of Agriculture, Bulletin (issues 47-57), page 150:
- And let us say to these interests that, until the Buy-It-Made-In-Texas movement co-operates with the farmers, we are going to be a little scary of the snare.
- (causing fright): frightening
causing, or able to cause, fright
From dialectal English scare (“scraggy”).
- Barren land having only a thin coat of grass.