Definition of harum-scarum adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌheərəm ˈskeərəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌherəm ˈskerəm//
, NAmE//ˌhærəm ˈskærəm//
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behaving in a wild and sometimes careless way More Like This Reduplicative words airy-fairy, argy-bargy, chit-chat, criss-cross, dilly-dally, harum-scarum, helter-skelter, higgledy-piggledy, hocus-pocus, hoity-toity, hotchpotch, hurly-burly, itty-bitty, mumbo jumbo, mishmash, nitty-gritty, ping-pong, pitter-patter, shilly-shally, teeny-weeny, tittle-tattle, touchy-feely, wishy-washySee worksheet. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as an adverb): reduplication based on hare and scare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: harum-scarum