an object, usually a figure of a person in old clothes, set up to frighten crows or other birds away from crops.
anything frightening but not really dangerous.
a person in ragged clothes.
an extremely thin person.

1545–55; scare + crow1

scarecrowish, scarecrowy, adjective Unabridged
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scarecrow (ˈskɛəˌkrəʊ)
1.  an object, usually in the shape of a man, made out of sticks and old clothes to scare birds away from crops
2.  a person or thing that appears frightening but is not actually harmful
3.  informal
 a.  an untidy-looking person
 b.  a very thin person

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from scare + crow. Earliest reference is to a person employed to scare birds. Stick-figure sense is implied by 1580s
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Encyclopedia Britannica


device posted on cultivated ground to deter birds or other animals from eating or otherwise disturbing seeds, shoots, and fruit; its name derives from its use against the crow. The scarecrow of popular tradition is a mannequin stuffed with straw; free-hanging, often reflective parts movable by the wind are commonly attached to increase effectiveness. A scarecrow outfitted in clothes previously worn by a hunter who has fired on the flock is regarded by some as especially efficacious. A common variant is the effigy of a predator (e.g., an owl or a snake).

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Example sentences
And the theme song for you can be the one the scarecrow sings.
Scarecrow sings about smart electrical distribution grids.
Create an original autumn-inspired, mixed-media scarecrow puppet.
The only other sign of agriculture was a ragged scarecrow on a pole.
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