\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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Well, James laughed off the fact that his daughter was a little scared of it. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "6 jokes LeBron James has made despite the Cavs' rough NBA Finals," 7 June 2018 The boy was not hurt but was scared, the affidavit said. David Harris,, "Woman assaulted child, pushed security guard into pool during brawl at motel, police say," 20 June 2018 These students have grown up with this, with lock downs, active-shooter drills and kids running scared from their schools, hands in the air, on the news. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Bland: Old letter from John McCain shows how little has changed in 20 years of gun debate," 5 June 2018 As friends of the NFL are aware, The League, rightfully running scared from the head injury repercussions, has been doing its best to pillow the blows which lead to lawsuits, and thus, shorter pockets for billionaires. Nick Canepa,, "Soft NFL would be even softer if kickoff returns got the boot," 21 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of scared

1579, in the meaning defined above

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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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playful or foolish behavior

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