Definition of scary in English:

scary

Syllabification: scar·y
Pronunciation: /ˈskerē
 
/

adjective (scarier, scariest)

informal
1Frightening; causing fear: a scary movie
More example sentences
  • He kept trying to frighten me - waiting until a really scary bit and then grabbing my arm suddenly.
  • It's a scary movie that expertly plays on some traditional and commonplace fears.
  • It was a bit scary because the large ferries were steaming past us and at one point we were even dive-bombed by seagulls.
Synonyms
frightening, alarming, terrifying, petrifying, hair-raising, spine-chilling, blood-curdling, bone-chilling, chilling, horrifying, nerve-racking, fearsome, unnerving; eerie, sinister
informal creepy, spine-tingling, spooky, hairy
1.1Uncannily striking or surprising: it was scary the way they bonded with each other
More example sentences
  • It sounded posh enough, although I suspected the prices might be a bit scary.
  • I can't think why anyone would want to attack her - that's what makes it more scary.
  • I couldn't be in love so soon… it was a scary thought.

Derivatives

scarily

adverb
More example sentences
  • As I've been telling people for 32 years, the stock market will fluctuate, sometimes very scarily.
  • He was 25, which isn't old; but neither is it scarily young.
  • His scarily unbalanced wife believes that there's something else going on: a conspiracy.

scariness

noun
More example sentences
  • I didn't believe in the Argyle Monster, but that was the opposite of comforting, because I believed even more in the scariness of the woods in general.
  • In the weeks since, as we've told the story to a succession of friends and relatives, it has shed scariness and taken on humor.
  • I watched it during the day which destroyed most of its scariness, but I can see how it would have scared me, had I watched late at night on my own.

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