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 What do running riot, glowing in the dark and scarecrow dreams have to do with Charles Schulz's beloved child protagonist? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Coldplay Songs: Staff Picks," 21 Nov. 2019 Organized by the Deerfield Park District, the annual Halloween Hoopla began Oct. 25 with hay rides, scarecrow-making, pumpkin decorating and more. Steve Sadin,, "Halloween Hoopla a prelude to trick or treating in Deerfield," 28 Oct. 2019 This fall in the Great Smoky Mountains is a leaf-peeper's paradise, but more scarecrows than people may be enjoying the scenery around town this year. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Gatlinburg, Tennessee Breaks Guinness World Record for Largest Display of Scarecrows," 24 Oct. 2019 One such display can be seen outside the Independence Civic Center, where Fun-tastic Fridays has designed some unique scarecrows that line the garden area near the main entrance. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Seasonal decorations, Halloween fun abound as the big day nears: Sun Postings," 22 Oct. 2019 The Scarecrow Contest is open to everyone and will feature life-size scarecrows depicting a historical Palm Beach County figure. Jennifer Boehm,, "What to do with the kids this weekend: pumpkins, mermaids, trick-or-treating and more," 22 Oct. 2019 There will also be historic demonstrations in domestic arts, blacksmithing and summer kitchen, plus craft sessions to make cornhusk dolls and scarecrows. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Pumpkins, cider and amorous elk: A guide to Colorado fall festivals," 21 Sep. 2019 The farm also offers a 4½-acre corn maze, DIY scarecrow making, face painting, a craft shack and other activities for all ages. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 9 places where you can get your pumpkins in southeast Wisconsin this fall," 10 Sep. 2019 The original display showed a Trump scarecrow holding a black rope with an Obama mask attached to it, which led some commenters to say the rope resembled a noose. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Michigan business' Halloween display of Trump holding Obama's head on rope sparks outcry," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Scarecrow.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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


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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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