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[skair-ee] /ˈskɛər i/
adjective, scarier, scariest.
causing fright or alarm.
easily frightened; timid.
Origin of scary
1575-85; scare + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for scary
  • Seeing what was arguably one of the scariest apex predators of all time brought back to life-even virtually-was scary enough.
  • There is something astonishingly scary about lightning fast global broadcast communication in the hands of virtually anyone.
  • Meaning if you ever are faced with an unexpected decision, it's going to be much less scary for you.
  • Watching one's father go mad is both scary and dislocating.
  • Two hundred cell phones going off makes an awful noise, a scary noise: the noise of emergency.
  • It's a radical and scary thought, but there's reason to think it may be true.
  • The pair was also beset with injuries, both routine and scary, that tested their resolve and resourcefulness.
  • The volcanoes' immensity sometimes made the researchers' work at sea a bit scary.
  • For him, hurricanes weren't scary, they were simply frustrating.
  • Everybody was wearing bells around their necks-bells to scare away the big scary bears out there.
British Dictionary definitions for scary


adjective (informal) scarier, scariest
causing fear or alarm; frightening
easily roused to fear; timid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scary

also scarey, "terrifying," 1580s, from scare (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "easily frightened, subject to scares" is from 1800. Related: Scarier; scariest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for scary



Very good; first-rate: And there are some pretty scary community players out there; it's not as if just anyone can come in and play (1990s+ Musicians)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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