\ 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

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 To new parents, many things are terrifying—yet few of them are as scary as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 18 May 2022 And, most importantly, the costumes are scary as hell! Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 Their shows have been pretty linear for the most part, so that was scary to me. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 Admittedly, challenges can be scary and overwhelming, and many of us are not hardwired to run toward the fire. Ira Wolfe, Forbes, 5 May 2022 So, currently, there are three different Jokers roaming three different Gothams, which is scary and more than a little confusing. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 3 Mar. 2022 Gargantos is certainly scary enough, and it’s certainly big. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 Apr. 2022 Expect lots of cartoonish violence with an edge: Most of the orc characters are big, scary and mean; Battle Kitty gets electrocuted in a pool, and characters are trampled. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Archaic forms of belief are treated not as quaint superstitions, but as ways of understanding scary or inexplicable facets of experience. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scary

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2022

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“Scary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for scary


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

Kids Definition of scary

: causing fright a scary movie

More from Merriam-Webster on scary

Nglish: Translation of scary for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of scary for Arabic Speakers


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