Definition of harum-scarum in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌhɛːrəmˈskɛːrəm



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  • A reckless, 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.
    • But if Mr. Grace failed to sympathize with the harum-scarums, he nonetheless managed them well. He was quite a disciplinarian.


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

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