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[uh-lahrm] /əˈlɑrm/
a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright.
any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger:
Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming.
an automatic device that serves to call attention, to rouse from sleep, or to warn of fire, smoke, an intruder, etc.
a warning sound; signal for attention.
Animal Behavior. any sound, outcry, chemical discharge, action, or other signal that functions to draw attention to a potential predator.
Fencing. an appeal or a challenge made by a step or stamp on the ground with the advancing foot.
Archaic. a call to arms.
verb (used with object)
to make fearful or apprehensive; distress.
to warn of danger; rouse to vigilance and swift measures for safety.
to fit or equip with an alarm or alarms, as for fire, smoke, or robbery:
to alarm one's house and garage.
Origin of alarm
1350-1400; Middle English alarme, alarom < Middle French < Old Italian allarme, noun from phrase all'arme to (the) arms. See arm2
Related forms
alarmable, adjective
[uh-lahr-mid-lee] /əˈlɑr mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
prealarm, verb (used with object), noun
unalarmed, adjective
1. consternation; terror, panic. See fear. 8. See frighten. Unabridged
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  • The pile was lighted, and the flames arose in volumes, but the hero gazed calmly upon them, unalarmed at his impending doom.

  • For he had not brought her the spontaneous, unalarmed, unspoiled spirit of his youth.

    The Helpmate May Sinclair
  • Ware lent an attentive ear to the quiet sounds of the woodland, but continued to stand at ease and unalarmed.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • So Harmony, ashamed but unalarmed, made her way by the big spruce to the corner of the old lodge and thus to the courtyard.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He is unalarmed during the first few gyrations, for escape is easy.

    Gamblers and Gambling Henry Ward Beecher
  • And not having experienced fear (ever before), they were unalarmed, and did not flee away.

  • If a sharp crash breaks the awful stillness of a mountain night, the trapper is unalarmed.

  • We faced our situation with clear and unalarmed eyes the morning after our arrival.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • That meant the deer had stood, so was unalarmed; and warm; that meant but a few minutes ahead.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for unalarmed


verb (transitive)
to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
to warn about danger; alert
to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc
fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright
apprehension or uneasiness: the idea of failing filled him with alarm
a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger
any device that transmits such a warning: a burglar alarm
  1. the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
  2. short for alarm clock
(archaic) a call to arms
(fencing) a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
Derived Forms
alarming, adjective
alarmingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme to arms; see arm²
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Word Origin and History for unalarmed



early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all'arme "to arms!" (literally "to the arms"). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to "any sound to warn of danger or to arouse." Weakened sense of "apprehension, unease" is from 1833. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).


1580s, from alarm (n.). Related: Alarmed; alarming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for unalarmed


air-launched antiradiation missile
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unalarmed in the Bible

a particular quivering sound of the silver trumpets to give warning to the Hebrews on their journey through the wilderness (Num. 10:5, 6), a call to arms, or a war-note (Jer. 4:19; 49:2; Zeph. 1:16).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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