American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alarm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Alarm; a warning sound; a noise giving notice of danger.
- n. An alarm-clock or alarm-watch.
- To alarm, frighten, or warn with noise.
- n. Obsolete form of alarum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Middle English larum-, as in larumbelle, short for alarum; see alarum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His invention has not made so much noise and larum in the world as some others, which have an origin quite as humble and unromantic; but it is one to which we owe no small profit, and a great deal of pleasure; and, as such, we are bound to speak of it with all gratitude and respect.”
“Our board was full of words like larum and girn and ghat and revet.”
“Is it not possible that _larum_ and _Lärm_ are imitations of the stroke and subsequent resonance of a large bell?”
“He has a tremendous larum at his bed's head, and turns out every day at five o'clock in imitation of Paley.”
“The spry rattle had run on in the same vein of mimicry but for some larum in the antechamber.”
“As we went, we heard the continually renewed larum of a landrail in the long grass.”
“Everything feeds his suspicions; he is "dwelling in a continual 'larum of jealousy.”
“And ring a sharp 'larum; -- but, if you should look, 10”
“Then all the clocks are wrong, sir, including my larum-scarum, for I set it for half-past five, so as to be up early and try 'em on.”
“Vi'let says they had a larum every hour that set their hearts a beatin 'like a drum.”
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