Meaning of “scary” in the English Dictionary

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"scary" in British English

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informal UK also scarey uk /ˈskeə.ri/ us /ˈsker.i/

B1 frightening:

a scary movie/story

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  • She's a scary woman.
  • I've always found him a bit scary.
  • When you think how much power these people have, it's scary.
  • She'd had a dream in which scary monsters were chasing her.
  • I really thought I was going to fall - it was a scary moment.

(Definition of “scary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scary" in American English

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scaryadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /ˈskeər·i/

making you feel frightened:

The idea of surgery was very scary to me.

(Definition of “scary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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