spauracchio

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From spaur(are) (to scare) +‎ -acchio (instrumental suffix).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /spawˈrak.kjo/
  • Rhymes: -akkjo
  • Hyphenation: spau‧ràc‧chio

NounEdit

spauracchio m (plural spauracchi)

  1. (obsolete) scarecrow
    Synonym: spaventapasseri
  2. (by extension) anything eliciting fear or dread
  3. (by extension) a scaringly ugly or haggard person
    Synonyms: mostro, orco, castigamatti