harum-scarum


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har·um-scar·um

 (hâr′əm-skâr′əm, hăr′əm-skăr′əm)
adj.
Lacking a sense of responsibility; reckless.
adv.
With abandon; recklessly.

[Perhaps alteration of hare 'em, scare 'em : hare, to frighten + scare.]

harum-scarum

(ˈhɛərəmˈskɛərəm)
adj, adv
in a reckless way or of a reckless nature
n
a person who is impetuous or rash
[C17: perhaps from hare (in obsolete sense: harass) + scare, variant of stare1; compare helter-skelter]

har•um-scar•um

(ˈhɛər əmˈskɛər əm, ˈhær əmˈskær əm)

adj.
1. reckless; rash.
2. disorganized.
adv.
3. recklessly.
[1740–50; earlier harum-starum rhyming compound based on obsolete hare to harass + stare]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harum-scarum - a reckless impetuous irresponsible personharum-scarum - a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
tearaway - a reckless and impetuous person
Adj.1.harum-scarum - cheerfully irresponsibleharum-scarum - cheerfully irresponsible; "carefree with his money"; "freewheeling urban youths"; "had a harum-scarum youth"
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"
Adv.1.harum-scarum - in a wild or reckless manner; "dashing harum-scarum all over the place"; "running pell-mell up the stairs"

harum-scarum

adjective
Translations

harum-scarum

[ˈhɛərəmˈskɛərəm]
A. ADJatolondrado
C. N (= person) → tarambana mf

harum-scarum

harum-scarum

[ˈhɛərəmˈskɛərəm]
1. adjsfrenato/a, scatenato/a
References in classic literature ?
To Jo alone did the shy child tell her thoughts, and over her big harum-scarum sister Beth unconsciously exercised more influence than anyone in the family.
And then I went on and told her all what I told Uncle Silas before; and then she said she'd forgive us, and maybe it was all right enough anyway, and about what a body might expect of boys, for all boys was a pretty harum-scarum lot as fur as she could see; and so, as long as no harm hadn't come of it, she judged she better put in her time being grateful we was alive and well and she had us still, stead of fretting over what was past and done.
what have you got in that harum-scarum head of yours now?
It would not only close my lips but it would to a certain extent cut me off from my usual haunts and from the society of my friends; especially of the light- hearted, young, harum-scarum kind.
I was a harum-scarum, reckless lad, and he had had an education, and was already marked for the sword-belt.
Before I begin my harum-scarum day-- grinding away at those books and instruments and then galloping up hill and down dale, all the country round, like a highwayman--it does me so much good to come and have a steady walk with our comfortable friend, that here I am again
And Tom patted her thin cheek with a caressing hand, sure of one firm friend in her; for when he ceased to be a harum-scarum boy, Mrs.
Them harum-scarum boys will certainly be the death of that delicate little creter
She kept them all, and from them we can learn a good deal of this warm-hearted, week-willed, harum-scarum husband.
Not much like that other harum-scarum I brought up.
It might even be suspected that she liked the harum-scarum best after all.
which appeared in the very next number of the Harum-scarum Magazine, which he conducted.