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scab

[ skab ]
/ skæb /
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Definition of scab

noun
verb (used without object), scabbed, scab·bing.
to become covered with a scab.
to act or work as a scab.
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Origin of scab

1200–50; 1800–10 for def. 4; Middle English <Old Norse skabb scab, itch; cf. shabby, shave

OTHER WORDS FROM scab

scablike, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for scab

scab
/ (skæb) /

noun
verb scabs, scabbing or scabbed (intr)

Derived forms of scab

scablike, adjective

Word Origin for scab

Old English sceabb; related to Old Norse skabb, Latin scabiēs, Middle Low German schabbe scoundrel, German schäbig shabby
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Scientific definitions for scab

scab
[ skăb ]

A crust that forms over a healing wound, consisting of dried blood, plasma, and other secretions.
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Cultural definitions for scab

scab

Informally, a worker who stays on the job while others go on strike. Also, a worker brought in to keep a plant operating when its work force is on strike. (See strikebreaker.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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