\ ˈsker-ē How to pronounce scary (audio) \
scarier; scariest

Definition of scary

1 : causing fright : alarming a scary story
2 : easily scared : timid
3 : feeling alarm or fright : frightened

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Other Words from scary

scarily \ ˈsker-​ə-​lē How to pronounce scary (audio) \ adverb

Examples of scary in a Sentence

a scary movie that gave the child nightmares for weeks afterwards a scary horse who spooked and kicked at its own shadow
Recent Examples on the Web Everyone had to be willing to take risks since the last year and a half has been scary. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Killers Guitarist Dave Keuning Explains Why He Left The Group, How He Returned," 22 Apr. 2021 The speed at which the vaccines were developed may also be scary, but Clark-Cutaia tells her loved ones technological advancements outside health care happen swiftly as well. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Have a loved one who doesn't want to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Here's how to talk to them.," 21 Apr. 2021 The last year has been scary for incarcerated people and their families, said Angela Hall, whose husband is serving a sentence at Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska prisoners who are vaccinated can be visited by family and others starting Wednesday," 20 Apr. 2021 Adding that kind of playmaking ability to a defense loaded with talent up front could be scary for the rest of the NFC. C.j. Doon,, "2021 NFL mock draft (Version 4.0): Two-round projections with two weeks to go," 19 Apr. 2021 Those videos online of cops lip synching or anything with humor shows the police are not all scary all the time. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Orlando social media stars: Florida sheriffs find viral fame, but methods not without critics," 19 Apr. 2021 Most people get stuck because taking the first step is scary. Paula Black, Forbes, "Are You Committed Or Are You Just Interested?," 16 Apr. 2021 For vaccine recipients, the headlines can be scary., "CDC advisers weigh next steps for Johnson & Johnson shot amid clot mystery," 14 Apr. 2021 For vaccine recipients, the headlines can be scary. Mike Stobbe, Fortune, "U.S. officials say they need more time to weigh J&J vaccine risks," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of scary

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Apr 2021

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“Scary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scary

: causing fear


\ ˈsker-ē How to pronounce scary (audio) \
scarier; scariest

Kids Definition of scary

: causing fright a scary movie

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