- having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
- indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene: scabrous books.
- full of difficulties.
Origin of scabrous
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Examples from the Web for scabrous
From Romantic squish to scabrous satirist to rebel wrangler to, finally, Ambassador of Goodwill.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
Despite the subject and the title, there is nothing in the least "scabrous" in it.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
Then we incontinently proceed to stone him to death with scabrous adjectives!Iconoclasts</p>
The spores are rounded, and rough (scabrous) on the surface.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope
John William Griffith
The whole relation had been ruined by entering this scabrous building.Sinister Street, vol. 2
Carol glanced from the scabrous object to Vida, and realized that she was not joking.Main Street
- roughened because of small projections; scaly
- indelicate, indecent, or salaciousscabrous humour
- difficult to deal with; knotty
Word Origin and History for scabrous
1570s, "harsh, unmusical" (implied in scabrously), from Late Latin scabrosus "rough," from Latin scaber "rough, scaly," related to scabere "to scratch, scrape" (see scabies). Sense in English evolved to "vulgar" (1881), "squalid" (1939), and "nasty, repulsive" (c.1951). Classical literal sense of "rough, rugged" attested in English from 1650s. Related: Scabrously; scabrousness.