scared

adjective
\ ˈskerd How to pronounce scared (audio) \

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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Many of the residents are scared to talk about the issues. Rj Sangosti, The Denver Post, "The Long Shadow: A note about the project from photojournalist RJ Sangosti," 30 June 2019 However, people are scared and don’t make a tee time, which, to me, is ridiculous. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Rainy start to summer is making for a difficult beach season. It’s also creating headaches for seasonal businesses around Lake Forest.," 28 June 2019 Some get scared, hesitant to tamper with whatever propelled them to pro ball. Ben Lindbergh And Travis Sawchik, SI.com, "How MLB Washout Brian Bannister Became the Red Sox' Pitching Guru," 7 June 2019 Green also hit two huge threes, letting bombs fly from deep as other players were scared to shoot. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Warriors Deserve to Win These NBA Finals," 11 June 2019 At other tables, building contractors try to sign up scared-senseless homeowners for $80,000 earthquake retrofit jobs. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco hands out fake earthquakes to prepare for the real thing," 11 June 2019 However, Shelby became scared after she was rescued and ran from the scene. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Vermilion police continue efforts to find skittish dog that ran from house fire," 9 June 2019 Even the president’s own officials are too scared to offer candid advice. The Economist, "Tanzania’s president loves mega-projects. Careful planning, less so," 8 June 2019 There have been mixed signals and, while a lot of people are scared, some also believe India, a progressive nation in the world of finance, will not abruptly ban it. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "There’s little hope for cryptocurrencies in India as Modi returns to power," 3 June 2019

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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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scared

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of scared

: afraid of something : nervous or frightened

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