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scary

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adjective \ˈsker-ē\

Simple Definition of scary

  • : causing fear

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scary

scarier

scariest

  1. 1 :  causing fright :  alarming <a scary story>

  2. 2 :  easily scared :  timid

  3. 3 :  feeling alarm or fright :  frightened

scarily

play \ˈsker-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of scary in a sentence

  1. <a scary movie that gave the child nightmares for weeks afterwards>

  2. <a scary horse who spooked and kicked at its own shadow>



1582

First Known Use of scary

1582


SCARY Defined for Kids

scary

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adjective \ˈsker-ē\

Definition of scary for Students

scarier

scariest

  1. :  causing fright <a scary movie>





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