scare (plural scares)
- A minor fright.
- Johnny had a bad scare last night.
- A cause of slight terror; something that inspires fear or dread.
- a food-poisoning scare
- A device or object used to frighten.
scare (scares, present participle scaring; past and past participle scared)
- To frighten, terrify, startle, especially in a minor way.
- Did it scare you when I said "Boo!"?
- 1851, Henry VI, Part 3 (III:i, v. 6-7), William Shakespeare
- That cannot be; the noise of thy crossbow / Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost.
- 1995 The Langoliers
- (Laurel Stevenson) Would you please be quiet? You're scaring the little girl.
- (Craig Toomey) Scaring the little girl?! Scaring the little girl?! Lady!
- French: effrayer
- German: erschrecken, beängstigen, ängstigen
- Italian: spaventare, impaurire, spaurire
- Portuguese: assustar
- Russian: пуга́ть
- Spanish: asustar, atemorizar, espantar