- 1 a mark left on the skin or within body tissue after the healing of a wound or burn.■ a mark left at the point of separation of a leaf, frond, or other part from a plant.
- 2 a lasting effect left by an unpleasant experience.
- 3 a steep high cliff or rock outcrop.
▶verb (scars, scarring, scarred) mark or be marked with a scar or scars.
– origin ME: from OFr. escharre, via late L. from Gk eskhara ‘scab’; sense 3 is from ON sker ‘low reef’.