scarecrow

noun
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 Not far from the station entrance, a scarecrow stood guard, slumped against the building’s side wall. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "After police chief’s attendance at Capitol rally, a New Hampshire town has its own Trump controversy," 14 Jan. 2021 To that end, a scarecrow has been seen loitering outside of the Founders Community Center at 140 Oak Street in Frankfort, DeBella said. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Birds beware: Two towns move to scarecrow contests for crafty fall fun," 6 Oct. 2020 Early on, each classroom created their own scarecrow. John Benson, cleveland, "Green Valley Elementary School celebrates Halloween with annual scarecrow takeover: Photos," 21 Oct. 2020 People can view them and vote from noon Oct. 18 through noon Oct. 25 by scanning QR codes at each scarecrow. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Birds beware: Two towns move to scarecrow contests for crafty fall fun," 6 Oct. 2020 This is the last chance to vote for your favorite scarecrow in the library’s contest. courant.com, "Community news for the Enfield edition," 15 Oct. 2020 The aim is simply to construct an eye-catching scarecrow. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Birds beware: Two towns move to scarecrow contests for crafty fall fun," 6 Oct. 2020 Initially, the scarecrow tradition started out as a way to promote the school’s land lab, an outdoor classroom area that includes a short walking path, community garden beds and a deck over a small pond. John Benson, cleveland, "Green Valley Elementary School celebrates Halloween with annual scarecrow takeover: Photos," 21 Oct. 2020 Stuff some old clothes to make a headless scarecrow ... or invest in something more elaborate like an inflatable. Jeanette Marantos, Star Tribune, "How to safely celebrate Halloween," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2021

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“Scarecrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarecrow. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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scarecrow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scarecrow

: an object that looks like a person and that is placed in a field to scare birds away from crops

scarecrow

noun
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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