false alarm

false a·larm
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawls uh-lahrm]
    • /fɔls əˈlɑrm/
    • /fɔːls əˈlɑːm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawls uh-lahrm]
    • /fɔls əˈlɑrm/

Definitions of false alarm words

  • noun false alarm a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department. 1
  • noun false alarm something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation: Rumors of an impending transit strike proved to be a false alarm. 1
  • countable noun false alarm When you think something dangerous is about to happen, but then discover that you were mistaken, you can say that it was a false alarm. 0
  • noun false alarm a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive 0
  • noun false alarm an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize 0

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Origin of false alarm

First appearance:

before 1570
One of the 33% oldest English words
First recorded in 1570-80

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Parts of speech for False alarm


false alarm popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

false alarm usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for false alarm

noun false alarm

  • dud — a device, person, or enterprise that proves to be a failure.

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