scarecrow

noun scare·crow \ ˈsker-ˌkrō \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of scarecrow

1 a : 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

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First Known Use of scarecrow

1573

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SCARECROW Defined for English Language Learners

scarecrow

Definition of scarecrow for English Language Learners

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


SCARECROW Defined for Kids

scarecrow

noun scare·crow \ ˈsker-ˌkrō \

Definition of scarecrow for Students

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


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