\ ˈskerd \

Definition of scared 

: thrown into or being in a state of fear, fright, or panic scared of snakes scared to go out

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Examples of scared in a Sentence

I am really scared about speaking in front of the class. He was scared that his mother wouldn't let him go to the movies with his friends. She's scared to walk alone at night.
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Shannon said people shouldn't be scared to call beekeepers, even on nights and weekends. Stacey Henson, ajc, "Why a Florida homeowner regrets killing thousands of swarming honey bees," 26 June 2018 June copes admirably well with this brutal situation, putting her own feelings aside to focus completely on Hannah, who is initially scared, and then angry, asking why June didn’t try harder to find her (first tears happened here, for me). Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Episode 10 Is Its Most Horrifying Yet," 20 June 2018 Meanwhile, many African Americans in Sacramento are scared of the cops who are on duty, who come to their neighborhoods with the full weight of the law behind them. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "East Area Rapist, the case that haunted a prosecutor – until now," 27 Apr. 2018 Kelly says scared isn’t exactly the right word to describe the family’s relationship to football now. Greg Bishop,, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 The opinion by the high court followed days of criticism by victims and advocates, who argued that they were being silenced yet again after years of feeling helpless and scared to speak out., "Pa. Supreme Court explains why it blocked release of clergy sex-abuse report, citing challenges from 'many' people," 25 June 2018 Being extremely excited, invigorated, and a little scared to do something so different for me, especially on such a big carpet. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Riverdale Star Madelaine Petsch Got Ready For the MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet," 19 June 2018 In Boise, what was once a small gathering of scared attendees has turned into a party/celebration/family event that is more carnival than political statement. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "At Boise's first Pridefest, people had to hide behind masks. Now thousands celebrate.," 16 June 2018 People are scared that fans and players won't like Trinity Forest and won't come back. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "New course won't keep fans from the Nelson, but this will | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of scared

1579, in the meaning defined above

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get scared

scared stiff

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The first known use of scared was in 1579

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English Language Learners Definition of scared

: afraid of something : nervous or frightened

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