\ 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 scarily (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

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More bloody and occasionally shocking than actually scary, Cabin in the Woods is pure irreverence, but it’s also solidly paced and assembled. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 But horseshoe crabs aren't scary, they're just misunderstood. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study: Horseshoe Crabs Really Are Arachnids, Just Like Spiders," 28 Feb. 2019 Far from scary, these fixtures might actually be the secret to feeling happier at home this Halloween season. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Those Himalayan Salt Lamps Everyone's Obsessed With Now Come in Skull Form," 25 Sep. 2018 Chrissy's commentary, paired with that recent scary promo of Kate getting wheeled into the hospital, is making everyone ask about what's going to happen to Kate and her baby. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Shocking 'This Is Us' Fan Theory About What Happens to Kate's Baby Is Too Much," 5 Mar. 2019 The new movie Hereditary, a supernatural thriller about family secrets, is one of the scariest films in years. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "Satanists Just Aren’t Scary Anymore," 14 July 2018 Isan Diaz went through such a scary moment on May 17 when such a pitch drilled him on the head resulting in a mild concussion despite catching him on the helmet. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Marlins prospect acquired in Yelich trade thriving since scary moment at the plate," 9 July 2018 Ultimately, the film was revealed to be a sequel, one that took a step back from the more comedic leanings of Bride and Seed and opted for the challenge of making Chucky scary again without disregarding everything that came before. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Could Be Lost with a 'Child's Play' Remake," 5 July 2018 Chopper footage from a Specialized Helicopters tour shows a scary moment as a kayaker was out of his kayak - in open water - with sharks nearby. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red ekes out Section Pony crown over League City White," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of scary

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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