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.]
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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]
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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]
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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"
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harum-scarum

adjective
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Translations

harum-scarum

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

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harum-scarum

[ˈhɛərəmˈskɛərəm]
1. adjsfrenato/a, scatenato/a
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References in classic literature ?
Not much like that other harum-scarum I brought up."
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.
"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.
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.