Definition of harum-scarum in English:


Syllabification: har·um-scar·um
Pronunciation: /ˌhe(ə)rəm ˈske(ə)rəm



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  • A reckless or impetuous person.
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    • She looked with disfavor upon the young beaver's suit because he was a harum-scarum and a ne'er-do-well.
    • He was a harum-scarum sort of inventor and putterer, but he did engineer a two cycle machine in 1865. It ran, but somewhat crudely.


late 17th century (as an adverb): reduplication based on hare and scare.

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