scary

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adjective \ˈsker-ē\

Definition of scary

scarier

;

scariest

  1. 1 :  causing fright :  alarming a scary story

  2. 2 :  easily scared :  timid

  3. 3 :  feeling alarm or fright :  frightened

scarily

play \ˈsker-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of scary in a Sentence

  1. a scary movie that gave the child nightmares for weeks afterwards

  2. a scary horse who spooked and kicked at its own shadow

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First Known Use of scary

1582


SCARY Defined for English Language Learners

scary

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adjective

Definition of scary for English Language Learners

  • : causing fear


SCARY Defined for Kids

scary

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adjective \ˈsker-ē\

Definition of scary for Students

scarier

;

scariest

  1. :  causing fright a scary movie



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