American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Harebrained; flighty; giddy; rash.
- n. A giddy, harebrained, or rash person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. colloq. Wild; giddy; flighty; rash; thoughtless.
- n. a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
- adv. in a wild or reckless manner
- adj. cheerfully irresponsible
- Perhaps alteration of hare 'em, scare 'em : hare, to frighten + scare. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They may prefer to dive into a thrilling, suspenseful harum-scarum world when they read.”
“Once you get above chapter book level, it seems like almost all new fiction for kids is (or wants to be) thrilling, exciting, harum-scarum, suspenseful, non-stop, etc.”
“Such encounters were relatively common in the harum-scarum chaos of an early solar system that teemed with veering planets and asteroids.”
“Besides, had not her own cousin, -- though a remote and distant one to be sure, the black sheep, the harum-scarum, the ne'er-do-well, -- had not he come down out of that weird North country with a hundred thousand in yellow dust, to say nothing of a half-ownership in the hole from which it came?”
“And yet, he was just turned forty was clear-eyed, calm-hearted, hearty-pulsed, man-strong; and yet, his history, until he was thirty, had been harum-scarum and erratic to the superlative.”
“The courts affirmed this limited and narrow understanding until the New Deal, when Congress began to regulate harum-scarum and the Supreme Court inflated the clause into a general license for anything a majority happened to favor.”
“It used to be more harum-scarum, but now people are a lot safer," he said.”
“He took a vacation to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, with “an attractive companion,” and made another trip home, where my grandfather noticed what he called a “sweet reasonableness” interrupted only by a moment of high tension “due possibly to the three harum-scarum children who were visiting.””
“Chip was harum-scarum (an expression Madam Ma often used) but he was lovable, not always punctual but someone you could rely on.”
“‘Croker and Lover’, Yeats had written in 1888, ‘full of the ideas of harum-scarum Irish gentility, saw everything humorised’ Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, ed.”
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