from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To strike with sudden fear; alarm. See Synonyms at frighten.
- intransitive v. To become frightened: a child who scares easily.
- n. A condition or sensation of sudden fear.
- n. A general state of alarm; a panic: a bomb scare that necessitated evacuating the building.
- adj. Serving or intended to frighten people: scare stories; scare tactics.
- scare up Informal To gather or prepare with considerable effort or ingenuity: managed to scare up some folding chairs for the unexpected crowd.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A minor fright.
- n. A cause of slight terror; something that inspires fear or dread.
- v. To frighten, terrify, startle, especially in a minor way.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To frighten; to strike with sudden fear; to alarm.
- n. Fright; esp., sudden fright produced by a trifling cause, or originating in mistake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Timid; shying.
- To frighten; terrify suddenly; strike with sudden terror or fear.
- Synonyms To daunt, appal, frighten; scare represents the least of dignity in the act or in the result; it generally implies suddenness.
- To become frightened; be scared: as, a horse that scares easily.
- n. A sudden fright or panic: particularly applied to a sudden terror inspired by a trifling cause, or a purely imaginary or causeless alarm.
- n. An obsolete form of scar.
- Lean; scanty; scraggy.
- To fasten (two pieces of wood) by splicing; join by fitting; splice.
- n. A joint in carpentry; a splice; one of the parts of a fishing-rod; etc.
- n. In golf, the narrow part of the neck of the club where it is fastened to the shaft, then glued and bound with whipping.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sudden attack of fear
- n. sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
- v. cause to lose courage
- v. cause fear in
Middle English skerren, scaren, from Old Norse skirra, from skjarr, timid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)