Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A tall, thin, awkward person.
  • n. Anything that appears terrifying but offers no danger.
  • n. A person clad in rags and tatters.
  • n. A bird, the black tern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. The black tern.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds

Etymologies

scare + crow (Wiktionary)

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