from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A steep cliff or bank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A precipitous bank or rock; a scar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Scotch form of scare.
  • n. Same as scar.


Dialectal form of scar. (Wiktionary)


  • I dare say you have seen upon some dreary moor, or at the foot of some 'scaur' on the hillside, the bleached bones of a sheep, lying white and grim among the purple heather.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture : St. Matthew Chaps. IX to XXVIII

  • Three sons he had, three bright and stirring boys; they must to school, and school was far away; — and they must clamber where the hill – track failed, by narrow ledges through the headlong scaur.

    Peer Gynt

  • Here is the wonderful reindeer that bore, at Gendin, Peer Gynt over edge and scaur.

    Peer Gynt

  • So do the shadows and the sunshine wander, elbowing into one another on the moor, and so does the glance of smiling foliage soothe the austerity of crag and scaur.

    Mary Anerley

  • At the back of the house rose a mountain spine, blocking out the westering sun, but cut with one deep portal where a pass ran into Westmoreland — the scaur-gate whence the house was named; and through this gate of mountain often, when the day was waning, a bar of slanting sunset entered, like a plume of golden dust, and hovered on a broad black patch of weather-beaten fir-trees.

    Mary Anerley

  • Oh that an abrupt scaur, or a strip of flaming desert, or something salient and brilliant, would break in, however discordantly, upon this monotony of green!

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • And down the shingly scaur he plunged, and caught,

    Idylls of the King

  • But its office must not be confounded with that attributed to the sinister-looking scaur of Leucadia; here the erring wives of the Kings of Boma and their paramours found a Bosphorus.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • 'She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;


  • Purdie said: "I could hae thrawn mine off the head o 'a scaur, and if she had strucken a whinstane rock she wad hae been nae mair blunted than if I had thrawn her on a haystalk."

    Stories of the Border Marches


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  • It had always appeared to her that certain things which in the main were sombre, such as deep symphonies of an orchestra, the black range and white scaurs of the Pentland Hills against the south horizon, the idea that at death one dies utterly and is buried in the earth, were patterns cut from the stuff of reality. They were relevant to fate, typical of life, in a way that gayer things, like the song of girls or the field-checked pleasantness of plains or the dream of a soul's holiday in eternity, were not...

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 16, 2009