follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

scarecrow

[skair-kroh] /ˈskɛərˌkroʊ/
noun
1.
an object, usually a figure of a person in old clothes, set up to frighten crows or other birds away from crops.
2.
anything frightening but not really dangerous.
3.
a person in ragged clothes.
4.
an extremely thin person.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; scare + crow1
Related forms
scarecrowish, scarecrowy, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for scarecrowy

scarecrow

/ˈskɛəˌkrəʊ/
noun
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)
  1. an untidy-looking person
  2. a very thin person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for scarecrowy
scarecrow
1550s, from scare + crow. Earliest reference is to a person employed to scare birds. Stick-figure sense is implied by 1580s
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for scarecrowy

scarecrow

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).

Learn more about scarecrow with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for scarecrow

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for scarecrowy

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends