Definition of Scarecrow

1. Noun. An effigy in the shape of a man to frighten birds away from seeds.

Exact synonyms: Bird-scarer, Scarer, Straw Man, Strawman
Generic synonyms: Effigy, Image, Simulacrum
Derivative terms: Scare



Definition of Scarecrow

1. n. Anything set up to frighten crows or other birds from cornfields; hence, anything terifying without danger.

Definition of Scarecrow

1. Noun. An effigy, typically made of straw and dressed in old clothes, fixed to a pole in a field to deter birds from eating seeds or crops planted there. ¹

2. Noun. (context: figuratively pejorative) A tall, thin, awkward person. ¹

3. Noun. (figurative) Anything that appears terrifying but offers no danger. ¹

4. Noun. A person clad in rags and tatters. ¹

5. Noun. (UK dialect) A bird, the black tern. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scarecrow

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Medical Definition of Scarecrow

1. 1. Anything set up to frighten crows or other birds from cornfields; hence, anything terifying without danger. "A scarecrow set to frighten fools away." (Dryden) 2. A person clad in rags and tatters. "No eye hath seen such scarecrows. I'll not march with them through Coventry, that's flat." (Shak) 3. The black tern. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scarecrow

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Literary usage of Scarecrow

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1. Representative American Plays by Arthur Hobson Quinn (1917)
"(The scarecrow makes a stiff lurch forward and falls sidewise against the anvil, ... (The scarecrow totters to his feet, and makes a forlorn rectilinear ..."

2. Lyrics of Home-land by Eugene J. Hall (1882)
"My father's old scarecrow, his old-fashioned scarecrow, His ragged old scarecrow, that stood in the corn. My father's old scarecrow hez gone to decay, ..."

3. In the Child's World: Morning Talks and Stories for Kindergartens, Primary by Emilie Poulsson (1893)
"The scarecrow. The farmer looked at his cherry tree, With thick buds clustered on ... I'll make a terrible scarecrow grim, With threatening arms and with ..."

4. In the Child's World: Morning Talks and Stories for Kindergartens, Primary by Emilie Poulsson (1893)
"The scarecrow. The farmer looked at his cherry tree, With thick buds clustered on ... I'll make a terrible scarecrow grim, With threatening arms and with ..."

5. The Masterpieces of Modern Drama ...: Abridged in Narrative with Dialogue of by Brander Matthews (1915)
"Furthermore, he makes the scarecrow a symbol of the disparity between man as he is and the ideal of human perfection. In the gray light of dawn Goody ..."

6. The British and American Drama of To-day: Outlines for Their Study by Barrett Harper Clark (1915)
"Percy Mac- kaye's ideas, his literary sense, his dramatic feeling, are nowhere so much in evidence as in " The scarecrow ": here is effective drama—no one ..."

7. The British and American Drama of To-day: Outlines for Their Study by Barrett Harper Clark (1921)
"The scarecrow" is founded upon Hawthorne's story of " Feathertop." The play is by no means a dramatization, but an independent work of which only the ..."

8. Reading-literature: Fourth Reader by Harriette Taylor Treadwell, Margaret Free, Thomas Henry Briggs, Henry William Shryock (1918)
""I'll make a terrible scarecrow grim, With threatening arms and ... The beautiful tree was a lovely sight, But the scarecrow stood there so much at home All ..."

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