American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A crude image or effigy of a person set up in a field to scare birds away from growing crops.
- n. Something frightening but not dangerous.
- n. A gaunt or haggard person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A figure of straw or clouts, made in grotesque semblance of a man, set in a grain-field or a garden to frighten off crows and other birds from the crops; hence, anything set up or intended to frighten or keep off intruders, or to terrify the foolish.
- n. A person so poor and so meanly clad as to resemble a scarecrow.
- n. The black tern, Hydrochelidon fissipes.
- n. An effigy, typically made of straw and dressed in old clothes, fixed to a pole in a field to deter birds from eating seeds or crops planted there.
- n. figuratively, pejorative A tall, thin, awkward person.
- n. figuratively Anything that appears terrifying but offers no danger.
- n. A person clad in rags and tatters.
- n. UK, dialect A bird, the black tern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Anything set up to frighten crows or other birds from cornfields; hence, anything terifying without danger.
- n. A person clad in rags and tatters.
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The black tern.
- n. an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds
- scare + crow (Wiktionary)
“The scarecrow is placed in a field, and there it could have remained.”
“Actually, the more I think about it, this scarecrow is decidedly odd.”
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“He is a housebot, but he is called a scarecrow because his owner put him out to pasture to keep away the birds.”
“Whether the traditional suit of old clothes stuffed with straw hanging on the traditional or (as is often the case these days) an old store mannequin with a faux gun in its hands, the scarecrow is an oldy-but-still-somewhat-effective-goody.”
“In Gentlemen of the Road (2007), his sword-and-sandals serial recently published in The New York Times Magazine, the vagabond physician Zelikman, variously described as a scarecrow and a ghost, drifts through the Dark Ages with a heart turned to stone after the rape and murder of his mother and sister.”
“April 26th, 2006 at 8:44 pm oh scarecrow, that is sooooo funny!”
“Deanna realized with a start that the young woman who looked more like a scarecrow was her cousin Chaxaza.”
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