harum-scarum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj harum-scarum cheerfully irresponsible "carefree with his money","freewheeling urban youths","had a harum-scarum youth"
    • adv harum-scarum in a wild or reckless manner "dashing harum-scarum all over the place","running pell-mell up the stairs"
    • n harum-scarum a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Harum-scarum hâr"ŭm*skâr"ŭm Wild; giddy; flighty; rash; thoughtless. "They had a quarrel with Sir Thomas Newcome's own son, a harum-scarum lad."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • harum-scarum Harebrained; flighty; giddy; rash.
    • n harum-scarum A giddy, harebrained, or rash person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Harum-scarum hā′rum-skā′rum flighty: rash
    • n Harum-scarum a giddy, rash person
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. hare,(v. t.), and scare, (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

I'm sure that even Louise will keep the memory of this last Council tucked away in some corner of her harum-scarum mind.
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
She was only eighteen, and the most harum-scarum creature you ever saw.
"Mary Ware's Promised Land" by Annie Fellows Johnston
She replaced it with a deftness of touch natural to her, yet seemingly incongruous with her harum-scarum ways.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
Remember, though, that I'm responsible for you to your parents, and I really can't allow these harum-scarum tricks.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Harum-scarum "Joey" is lovable.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
In the face of great difficulties Madge was not the harum-scarum person she seemed.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
Altogether, it was the noisiest, dustiest, most harum-scarum race that can be imagined!
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
As far as I can see it is only the wild plan of a harum-scarum young man.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
But how can I go on asking our friends to put up with such a little harum-scarum?
"Harper's Young People, March 16, 1880" by Various
Amy ran down again then, in her usual harum-scarum fashion, and the conversation became general.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
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In poetry:

So away rode Harum-Scarum;
With a song rode out of town;
At the Sign o' the Jug-and-Jorum
Weeping tarried Low-lie-down.
"Ballad Of Low-Lie-Down" by Madison Julius Cawein
John-a-Dreams and Harum-Scarum
Came a-riding into town:
At the Sign o' the Jug-and-Jorum
There they met with Low-lie-down.
"Ballad Of Low-Lie-Down" by Madison Julius Cawein
"Harum-scarum and happy,
They frolic the whole night through;
Maybe you'll hear them dance, this year
(Though very few mortals do)."
"March" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Harum-Scarum kissed her lightly;
Smiled into her eyes of brown:
Clasped her waist and held her tightly,
Laughing, "Love me, Low-lie-down!"
"Ballad Of Low-Lie-Down" by Madison Julius Cawein
But to succeed
In teaching to read
Such a harum-scarum, was work indeed!
And I'm forced to tell
That her way to spell
Her name was with only a single 'l.'
"Jack And Jill" by Clara Doty Bates
Bless mi life! a few drops 'll sarve them! If we try
Awm weel sure we can easily spare 'em,
But as sooin as they're able, awl mak 'em all fly!
Nivver mind if aw dooant! harum scarum!"
"Did Yo Ivver!" by John Hartley