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[skab-ee] /ˈskæb i/
adjective, scabbier, scabbiest.
covered with scabs; having many scabs.
consisting of scabs.
(of an animal or plant) having scab.
Informal. mean or contemptible:
a scabby trick.
Origin of scabby
First recorded in 1520-30; scab + -y1
Related forms
scabbily, adverb
scabbiness, noun Unabridged
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  • You could not make head or tail of him; but I know their scabby lingo.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • Don't you have anything to do with scabby Thompson, or you'll be sorry for it.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • You have drunk enough of our milk, you scabby Christ-killer!

  • The skin is scaly or scabby, sometimes appearing like a large seed-wart.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • I cant keep run of all the scabby customers he brings in here.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • It was that scabby greenhorn who must have taken it into her head.

    Yekl Abraham Cahan
  • It resembled a monster ape, except that instead of a hairy hide it had a scabby skin as red as a salamander's.

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    Eugene Field
  • In the afternoon William came from York with six hundred more sheep (mine among them), which were found to be scabby.

    The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor
  • The blonde turned her baby over and showed its chubby flesh covered with a crusty, scabby, red-streaked sheath.

    Woman Magdeleine Marx
British Dictionary definitions for scabby


adjective -bier, -biest
(pathol) having an area of the skin covered with scabs
(pathol, obsolete) having scabies
(informal) despicable
Derived Forms
scabbily, adverb
scabbiness, noun
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scabby in Medicine

scabby scab·by (skāb'ē)
adj. scab·bi·er, scab·bi·est

  1. Having, consisting of, or covered with scabs.

  2. Affected with scab or scabies.

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