false alarm definition, meaning - what is false alarm in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “false alarm”

See all translations

false alarm

noun [C] uk   us  
an occasion when people wrongly believe that something dangerous or unpleasant is happening or will happen: Three fire engines rushed to the school only to discover it was a false alarm. She thought she was pregnant, but it turned out to be a false alarm (= she was not).
Translations of “false alarm”
in Chinese (Traditional) 假警報, 虛驚…
in Russian ложная тревога…
in Turkish sahte alarm, yanlış uyarı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 假警报, 虚惊…
in Polish fałszywy alarm…
(Definition of false alarm from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of false alarm?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “false alarm” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More