Definitions

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

  • adj. Causing fright or alarm.
  • adj. Easily scared; very timid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Causing, or able to cause, fright
  • adj. Subject to sudden alarm; nervous, jumpy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Barren land having only a thin coat of grass.
  • adj. Subject to sudden alarm.
  • adj. Causing fright; alarming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Scaring; causing or tending to cause a scare; causing fright: as, a scary situation.
  • Inclined to be scared; subject to scares; timid.
  • Somewhat alarmed or frightened; fluttered.
  • n. Poor land, having only a thin coat of grass.

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

  • adj. provoking fear terror

Etymologies

From scare + -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Every single time the response was always tagged with the word 'scary.'

    Bethany Herr Hatfield: Re-Speaking Detroit

  • Every single time the response was always tagged with the word 'scary.' â¨Ââ¨

    Bethany Herr Hatfield: Re-Speaking Detroit

  • The word "scary" was bandied about quite frequently.

    Joan E. Dowlin: The Scariest Thing About the Sept. 12 GOP Debate Was the Audience

  • KAYE: In the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, 55 percent did not want to legalize same-sex marriage, but Wolfson hopes the more time people have to think about it, the more they'll be able to ignore what he calls the scary ad campaigns.

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2009

  • KAYE (voice-over): In the last CNN/Opinion Research poll, 55 percent did not want to legalize same-sex marriage, but Wolfson hopes the more time people have to think about it, the more they'll be able to ignore what he calls the scary ad campaigns.

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2009

  • KAYE: Wolfson hopes the more time people have to think about it, the more they'll be able to ignore what he calls the scary ad campaign.

    CNN Transcript Apr 9, 2009

  • She had struggled with regular depression for most of her life, but things got so much worse after the birth of her first child 20 years ago, so bad she even had what she called scary thoughts, like drowning her infant son.

    CNN Transcript Feb 19, 2005

  • Emerging from what he called scary times in the recession, he's franchised a second neighborhood gym in southeast Portland and plans to open a third on his own.

    The Seattle Times

  • But, what's truly scary, is that the Democraps are now crying racism when someone doesn't agree with the great and mighty Obamanation.

    House deeply divided over proposed rebuke of Obama heckler

  • What surprises me, saddens me and find scary is that, on this very page, there are people who are obstinate enough, intellectually dishonest enough or ignorant enough to defend her "political fitness" on the national scene. ..... or maybe their motiviation is something else that they realize they cannot express publicly in this dawn of the era of inclusion.

    Begala calls Palin 'about half a whack job'

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