Definition of alarming in English:



  • Worrying or disturbing.

    ‘our countryside is disappearing at an alarming rate’
    • ‘The building boom is in full flight at present and the amount of new houses going up or are still planned is alarming to say the least.’
    • ‘To pay such a heavy price for non-performance must have sent alarming signals to cricketers in Pakistan.’
    • ‘There was an alarming level of ignorance of the issues involved.’
    • ‘Such a policy will only worsen the already alarming housing situation.’
    • ‘Insurance companies are warning drivers not to be heroes following the outbreak of an alarming new trend in car crime.’
    • ‘The trade in souvenirs made of sea turtle shells has reached an alarming level.’
    • ‘Ornithologists say they are increasingly concerned about the "alarming" decline of some of Britain's woodland birds species.’
    • ‘But he warned that the increasing number of flights would result in an alarming rise in the accident rate in the next 10 to 15 years.’
    • ‘We have seen director after director - a virtual game of musical chairs in terms of directorships - move on and off the board, with alarming regularity.’
    • ‘The research is alarming for anyone concerned about online freedom of speech.’
    • ‘The plight of children under 5 years of age was particularly alarming.’
    • ‘On the surface, the report could appear alarming.’
    • ‘What is most alarming is that food price rises are affecting new communities who had previously been protected from the scourge of hunger.’
    • ‘I found the whole programme extremely interesting in some ways, yet alarming in others.’
    • ‘A number of investors have expressed concern at an alarming headline last week.’
    • ‘After World War II universities found themselves in an alarming state, with swelling numbers of students and decreasing levels of funding from the cash-strapped state governments.’
    • ‘We ignored the distractions and chiseled away at the rocks before us at alarming speed, all fearful that the chaos would catch up with us.’
    • ‘Many people found their inboxes clogged with alarming messages that their computers were infected, even though they were not.’
    • ‘There was one alarming moment where the audience was not only smaller than the panel, it consisted entirely of people married to people on the panel.’
    • ‘Even pedestrians, she says, find Auckland's congestion alarming.’