harum-scarum

adjective

har·​um-scar·​um ˌher-əm-ˈsker-əm How to pronounce harum-scarum (audio)
harum-scarum adverb

Word History

Etymology

perhaps from archaic hare to harass + scare

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harum-scarum was in 1751

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Cite this Entry

“Harum-scarum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harum-scarum. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

harum-scarum

adjective
har·​um-scar·​um
ˌhar-əm-ˈskar-əm,
ˌher-əm-ˈsker-
harum-scarum adverb
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