Definition of scarecrow in English:



  • 1An object made to resemble a human figure, set up to scare birds away from a field where crops are growing.

    • ‘Then they both had to stand by the scarecrow and have pieces of hay sticking out of their mouths, to look like farmers.’
    • ‘Another technique that may repel deer is the use of scarecrows - especially ones that move.’
    • ‘An effective bird-control strategy involves more than sticking a scarecrow in your garden and forgetting about it (although in rare instances, this may work).’
    • ‘Grandpa frequently helps Billy out, like when he helps Billy to make the scarecrow in front of the big sycamore tree to keep the coon from getting down out of the tree.’
    • ‘More than 30 elaborate scarecrows are peering from hedgerows, fields and chimney pots, as part of the annual scarecrow competition.’
    • ‘In the field you can just make out a scarecrow on a stand, or is it a scarecrow?’
    • ‘I nod to my father and hug the red scarecrow, threatening to engulf or crush him and squeal, ‘Oh, thank you, Daddy!’’
    • ‘If crows have become unwelcome guests, Martens recommends scare tactics, such as Mylar tape, pie tins, scary eye balloons, scarecrows, and auditory alarms.’
    • ‘If she was honest with herself her stick-thin frame did resemble that of a scarecrow, and her unruly blonde curls might be considered straw-like by some.’
    • ‘Billy is left all by himself in the cornfields with the scarecrows.’
    • ‘Opportunities like this only come once a season, like last year when he forgot his lighter, or the year before when the cops where called after he molested a scarecrow.’
    • ‘As soon as we ‘knocked’ on the door the scarecrow came alive and shouted, ‘HAPPY HALLOWEEN!’’
    • ‘The purpose of the scarecrow is to scare crows away from your crop, but the crows have grown wise over the years and no longer fear it.’
    • ‘Art in the Park with a difference will include a display of garden scarecrows made by local school children.’
    • ‘Designed for reasons other than the shooing of birds, her scarecrows frequently stood inside the yard, beneath trees, in corners of enclosed spaces.’
    • ‘Watson explained that he saw the crows hanging over a vegetable garden that used to contain scarecrows.’
    • ‘Tactics like putting a beach ball within the area they are disturbing and letting it blow in the wind and using scarecrows, balloons, and pinwheels can deter them.’
    • ‘The parakeets seem to be immune to scarecrows, things that go bang and all the other bird-scaring devices.’
    • ‘Wooden, gray gravestones were sticking out of the ground accompanied by carved pumpkins and a scarecrow sitting on hay.’
    • ‘The acolytes were running a small booth with darts, and giving out plush pumpkins, scarecrows, and other Harvest Moon-ish related items as prizes.’
    1. 1.1informal A person who is very badly dressed, odd-looking, or thin.
      ‘a gaunt little scarecrow in threadbare workhouse clothes’
      ‘she has reduced herself to a scarecrow’
      [as modifier] ‘scarecrow tatters’
      • ‘This will not prevent their ‘discovery’ after the event, but few any longer attach much importance to this tattered scarecrow.’
      • ‘Sofia now resembled something of a scarecrow, the hems of her dress were muddy and torn, her hat half on half off, and big smudges of coal streaked her cheek.’
      • ‘There is a voyeuristic car crash quality in Baker's deterioration from being the ‘James Dean of Jazz’ to the junkie scarecrow of his latter years.’
      • ‘Maury doffed his fedora and ran a hand through his scarecrow hair and told me that he had lived in terror as a boy because his father was a drunk.’
      • ‘It turns out Emeraldas is already there, silently having a drink, and everyone is struck with awe when she pulls back her cloak and they see her scarecrow thin scarred self.’
      • ‘‘Scott had written the character as a walking scarecrow,’ he says at the Film Festival.’
      • ‘Out of the bustle appeared a painfully thin little six, or seven-year-old scarecrow, arms no thicker than sticks.’
      • ‘The slightly upbeat, boyish, scarecrow image also appeals, effortlessly like the sort of icon from yesteryear so beloved by today's rock musicians.’
      • ‘He was extremely tall, but he couldn't have weighed more than a hundred pounds beneath all the dirt, a shambling scarecrow of drooping skin and rags.’
      • ‘He stood about a foot taller than AJ, and was just now out of the ‘tall and lanky’ stage, his shoulders and chest were finally beginning to fill out the formerly scarecrow frame.’
      • ‘The scarecrow man approached my shiny glass prison, and attempted to speak.’
      mischievous child, imp, monkey, puck, rascal, rogue, minx, mischief-maker, prankster, tearaway
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    2. 1.2archaic An object of baseless fear.
      • ‘Most analysts view him as a secret Kremlin stooge who was created as something of a scarecrow in a bid to prompt Western governments to support the more liberal forces of post-Soviet Russia.’