scare

[skair]
verb (used with object), scared, scaring.
1.
to fill, especially suddenly, with fear or terror; frighten; alarm.
verb (used without object), scared, scaring.
2.
to become frightened: That horse scares easily.
noun
3.
a sudden fright or alarm, especially with little or no reason.
4.
a time or condition of alarm or worry: For three months there was a war scare.
Verb phrases
5.
scare up, Informal. to obtain with effort; find or gather: to scare up money.

Origin:
1150–1200; (v.) Middle English skerren < Old Norse skirra to frighten, derivative of skjarr timid, shy; (noun) late Middle English skere, derivative of the v.

scarer, noun
scaringly, adverb
unscared, adjective


1. startle, intimidate. See frighten.
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scare (skɛə)
 
vb
1.  to fill or be filled with fear or alarm
2.  (tr; often foll by away or off) to drive (away) by frightening
3.  informal (US), (Canadian) (tr), (foll by up)
 a.  to produce (a meal) quickly from whatever is available
 b.  to manage to find (something) quickly or with difficulty: brewers need to scare up more sales
 
n
4.  a sudden attack of fear or alarm
5.  a period of general fear or alarm
 
adj
6.  causing (needless) fear or alarm: a scare story
 
[C12: from Old Norse skirra; related to Norwegian skjerra, Swedish dialect skjarra]
 
'scarer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

scare
c.1200, from O.N. skirra "to frighten," related to skjarr "timid, shy," of unknown origin. The noun is attested from 1520s. To scare up "procure, obtain" is first recorded 1846, Amer.Eng., from notion of rousing game from cover.
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Example sentences
Since the dog scares away the cheetahs, the farmers don't shoot them.
The battery-operated device sends out a pinging noise that scares the dolphins
  off.
He doesn't show his teeth and the growling is kind of muffled, but it scares us
  none the less.
And if the threat of losing a limb to a hungry fish scares him, or if he is
  worried about the nasty weather, he doesn't show it.
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