Definition of scarecrow in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskɛːkrəʊ/


1An object made to resemble a human figure, set up to scare birds away from a field where crops are growing.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Designed for reasons other than the shooing of birds, her scarecrows frequently stood inside the yard, beneath trees, in corners of enclosed spaces.
  • More than 30 elaborate scarecrows are peering from hedgerows, fields and chimney pots, as part of the annual scarecrow competition.
1.1 informal 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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This will not prevent their ‘discovery’ after the event, but few any longer attach much importance to this tattered scarecrow.
1.2 archaic An object of baseless fear.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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