Definition of scared in English:



  • Fearful; frightened.

    ‘she's scared stiff of her dad’
    [with clause] ‘I was scared I was going to kill myself’
    [with infinitive] ‘he's scared to come to you and ask for help’
    • ‘You may be perfectly fine, but Mom's scared to death.’
    • ‘Scarlett just stood beside me, watching all the other scared freshman pile into the gym.’
    • ‘Many on-lookers at the bar and on the dance floor stopped to look at the scene with scared eyes.’
    • ‘I was kind of scared he'd attack me, and I'm deathly shy around adults I don't know.’
    • ‘Either he's scared of being caught lying, or he feels very comfortable with truth.’
    • ‘I knew where he was, and I was worried and scared that it would be too much for him.’
    • ‘He continued down the path, wondering what the rumbling meant and why people were so scared of it.’
    • ‘She stopped dead in her tracks like a scared rabbit when she saw us.’
    • ‘As they travelled down to the place where the car was meant to be, Amy couldn't help but feel incredibly scared and nervous.’
    • ‘I cannot speak for him, but I was still scared stiff.’
    • ‘He said the experience has made him frightened of walking in the town and scared of police - even though he has done nothing wrong.’
    • ‘I think sometimes people get scared and defensive if they don't understand something.’
    • ‘She had a really scared look on her face.’
    • ‘I can't remember when I first started getting scared of going to the dentist.’
    • ‘It was odd how dressing unusually could cause people to feel scared and intimidated of you.’
    • ‘She was not scared of heights, either.’
    • ‘I think in a lot of hip hop these days people are kind of scared to venture out and do different things.’
    • ‘Hazel nodded, a bit scared of what was going on.’
    • ‘The first thing I told her was to make sure that her parents knew but she said no because she was too scared.’
    • ‘I'm telling you this because I am struggling to understand why my new sales team seem so scared of me.’
    frightened, afraid, fearful, nervous, panicky, agitated, alarmed, worried, intimidated
    terrified, petrified, horrified, panic-stricken, scared stiff, frightened out of one's wits, scared out of one's wits, scared witless, frightened to death, scared to death, terror-stricken, terror-struck, horror-stricken, horror-struck, frantic, hysterical, beside oneself
    with one's heart in one's mouth, shaking in one's shoes, shaking like a leaf, shaky
    in a cold sweat, in a funk, in a blue funk, jumpy, jittery
    funky, windy
    scared shitless, shit scared, shitting bricks, bricking oneself
    afeared, affrighted
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