• WordNet 3.6
    • v scare cause fear in "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me","Ghosts could never affright her"
    • v scare cause to lose courage "dashed by the refusal"
    • n scare a sudden attack of fear
    • n scare sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events "panic in the stock market","a war scare","a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The merchants wave cloths and swords to scare the eagle from its nest The merchants wave cloths and swords to scare the eagle from its nest
A Scare-crow A Scare-crow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gloucestershire airport in England used to blast Tina Turner songs on its runways to scare birds away
    • n Scare Fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake.
    • v. t Scare To frighten; to strike with sudden fear; to alarm. "The noise of thy crossbow
      Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In order to scare away predators, Giant petrels, a type of seabird, throw up all over the intruder
    • scare Timid; shying.
    • scare To frighten; terrify suddenly; strike with sudden terror or fear.
    • scare Synonyms To daunt, appal, frighten; scare represents the least of dignity in the act or in the result; it generally implies suddenness.
    • scare To become frightened; be scared: as, a horse that scares easily.
    • n scare A sudden fright or panic: particularly applied to a sudden terror inspired by a trifling cause, or a purely imaginary or causeless alarm.
    • n scare An obsolete form of scar.
    • scare Lean; scanty; scraggy.
    • scare To fasten (two pieces of wood) by splicing; join by fitting; splice.
    • n scare A joint in carpentry; a splice; one of the parts of a fishing-rod; etc.
    • n scare In golf, the narrow part of the neck of the club where it is fastened to the shaft, then glued and bound with whipping.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hitler was claustrophobic. They had to install a mirror in an elevator just to keep him from being scared.
    • v.t Scare skār to drive away by frightening: to strike with sudden terror: to startle, to affright
    • n Scare an imaginary alarm: a sudden panic
    • adj Scare lean, scanty
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  • Horace
    “A good scare is worth more than good advice.”
  • Connie Chung
    Connie Chung
    “I wanted to be scared again... I wanted to feel unsure again. That's the only way I learn, the only way I feel challenged.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To be scared is sensible, to be comfortable is suicidal.”
  • Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    “Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.”
  • Earl Wilson
    Earl Wilson
    “Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.”


Scare the daylights out of someone - If you scare the daylights out of someone, you terrify them. (This can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. skerren, skeren, Icel. skirra, to bar, prevent, skirrask, to shun , shrink from; or fr. OE. skerre, adj., scared, Icel. skjarr,; both perhaps akin to E. sheer, to turn


In literature:

Let Trouble be our watch dog, and we can be in camp and he can bark and scare something.
"The Curlytops on Star Island" by Howard R. Garis
I guess your man was scared and went one way and Pa was scared and went the other.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
I'm so scared I can't think.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
Don't scare her, Sheila.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
But now this people is scare to go there.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
There's folks that way, born so a shadow scares 'em.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But I'm not quite as scared as I was then.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Yeh fixin' to scare me?
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
And I'm scared, cat, clean scared.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
No wonder everybody was scared at me when I scare myself!
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton

In poetry:

But fate, love, fate
scares me. What
I took in my hand
grows in weight.
"Song" by Robert Creeley
"But others have share
Of lake and of land,
A swift-footed band
No arrow can scare.
"Cree Fairies" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
When lo! thro' scared foliage,
A lovely bird did fly;
And looked at me so knowing,
With bright and curious eye;
"Entangled" by Mathilde Blind
you're goin' nowhere
runnin' with your eyes closed
thinkin' to ease your heavy load
"Running Scared" by Miguel Pinero
My sympathies were warming fast
Towards the little fellow:
He was so utterly aghast
At having found a Man at last,
And looked so scared and yellow.
"Phantasmagoria Canto I (The Trystyng )" by Lewis Carroll
I will not let thee go.
If thy words' breath could scare thy deeds,
As the soft south can blow
And toss the feathered seeds,
Then might I let thee go.
"I Will Not Let Thee Go" by Robert Seymour Bridges

In news:

Washington Nationals' BRYCE HARPER Goes DEMONIC To Scare St Louis.
After unsuccessfully trying to scare the animal away, Olsen took his video camera out to film the moose - when it attacked him.
Deep down inside he was scared.
John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger Newark Archbishop John Myers walks to his residence, located behind the Cathedral Basilica of the Scared Heart in Newark, in this file photo.
This graph should scare you.
"I'm scared to go down the street here," one Winnipeg resident says.
Jewish teen's tefillin sets off bomb scare, diverting US Airways flight.
FBI hunts for suspects in MLK parade bomb scare.
I am NOT a big fan of pranks/videos in which parents really scare the crap out of their kids.
Who on the other team scares you the most.
A two-goal deficit in the first half didn't scare off the Superior girl's soccer team, and they rallied Thursday afternoon for a 4-2 win over Barron.
He's a little scared around stairs but, with the right tool, Hamlets owner learned exactly how to persuade him into going down the stairs.
Dustin Hoffman real-life hero in heart attack scare.
A soldier trying to scare another soldier out of hiccups shot his comrade in the face, killing him, authorities said Tuesday.

In science:

There are excellent books dealing with the underlying theory of Monte Carlo games; studying the books requires some depth in mathematics, scaring away the beginner.
Monte Carlo: Basics
When we wish to differentiate Bell’s use of the word complete from ours we shall write our notion of ‘complete’ within scare quotes.
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
In order not to scare the reader, we only deal with separable structures, which is all we need in this article (the proof for an arbitrary infinite cardinality is essentially the same).
Generic separable metric structures
In a scares resource situation, the lower the CR’s target of non-interfered symbols per channel is, the higher the chances are for the CR to get access to one or several channels.
Emergence of Techno-Social Norms in Cognitive Radio Environments
We hope that the reader is not scared by the array of sums and products in the formula.
Universality at the edge of the spectrum in Wigner random matrices