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harum-scarum

Syllabification: har·um-scar·um
Pronunciation: /ˌherəmˈskerəm
 
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Definition of harum-scarum in English:

adjective

Reckless; impetuous: she shall be frightened out of her wits by your harum-scarum ways
More example sentences
  • Favourite Gunther McBride set out to make every yard of the running under Richard Johnson, but his jumping was harum-scarum.
  • Van Wyk's narrator, a harum-scarum, hard-drinking journalist called Scara Nhlabatsi, relishes all manner of rude jokes, bawdy abuse, malapropisms and puns and provides a slew of images of the vulgar excess of power.
  • She told me a harum-scarum tale of running through a forest in the middle of the stormy.
Synonyms

noun

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A reckless or impetuous person.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with harum-scarum

arum, harem, Sarum

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