Scarper vs Scarier - What's the difference?

scarper | scarier |

As a verb scarper

is (british|slang) to run away; to flee; to escape.

As an adjective scarier is





(en verb)
  • (British, slang) To run away; to flee; to escape.
  • * 1904 , John Coleman, Fifty years of an actors? life , Volume 1, page 54,
  • Out went the lights, as he continued, "That sneak Whiskers have just blown the gaff to old Slow-Coach, and he'll be here in two two's to give you beans — so scarper', laddies — ' scarper ! "
  • * 2001 , Ardal O'Hanlon, Knick Knack Paddy Whack , page 7,
  • The tramps scarpered', the street-traders pushing prams '''scarpered''', half of Dublin ' scarpered as if they all had something to hide.
  • * 2007 , , [,,2132043,00.html]
  • Helm writes: 'As if she were some street criminal, ready to scarper , Ruth's home was swooped upon by [Assistant Commissioner John] Yates's men and she was forced to dress in the presence of a female police officer.


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  • (scary)
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    Etymology 1


  • Causing or able to cause fright
  • The tiger's jaws were scary.
    She was hiding behind her pillow during the scary parts of the film.
  • (US, colloquial, dated) Subject to sudden alarm; nervous, jumpy.
  • (Whittier)
  • * 1916 , Texas Department of Agriculture, Bulletin (issues 47-57), page 150:
  • And let us say to these interests that, until the Buy-It-Made-In-Texas movement co-operates with the farmers, we are going to be a little scary of the snare.
    * (causing fright) frightening

    Etymology 2

    From dialectal English .


  • Barren land having only a thin coat of grass.
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