late 14c., from O.Fr. escare "scab," from L.L. eschara, from Gk. eskhara "scab formed after a burn," lit. "hearth, fireplace," of unknown origin. English sense probably influenced by M.E. skar (late 14c.) "crack, cut, incision," from O.N. skarð, related to score. Figurative sense attested from 1580s. The verb is first recorded 1550s. Related: Scarred; scarring.