scare·​crow | \ ˈsker-ˌkrō How to pronounce scarecrow (audio) \

Definition of scarecrow

1a : an object usually suggesting a human figure that is set up to frighten birds away from crops
b : something frightening but harmless
2 : a skinny or ragged person

Examples of scarecrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If fall is your favorite season, then consider dressing up as a scarecrow for Halloween. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 Beachwood Bring the family to build a scarecrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 17, at Beachwood City Park. Brenda Cain, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 Across Spring Street, Roberts said a scarecrow guards another rooftop. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 7 Mar. 2022 The artist hangs the piece on a coat stand, with the garment’s arms splayed like a scarecrow. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Fall Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens scarecrow contest winners picked ... Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2021 Roper Tolbert starred as Dorothy while her husband dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West, Emmy as Glinda the Good Witch, Reed as the scarecrow, Brooks as the lion and their two dogs as Toto and the Tinman. Georgia Slater,, 1 Nov. 2021 On her way to Sandringham house, Spencer’s princess comes across a field containing a scarecrow wearing her father’s jacket. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 5 Nov. 2021 Take a nature walk, build a scarecrow and create arts and crafts at the children’s station. Holly Baumbach,, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scarecrow

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of scarecrow was in 1573

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5 Jun 2022

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“Scarecrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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scare·​crow | \ ˈsker-ˌkrō How to pronounce scarecrow (audio) \

Kids Definition of scarecrow

: an object made to look like a person and set up to scare birds away from crops

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