Definition of harum-scarum in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌhɛːrəmˈskɛːrəm


Reckless; impetuous: a wild harum-scarum youth
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  • 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.


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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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