scab

[ skab ]
/ skæb /

noun

verb (used without object), scabbed, scab·bing.

to become covered with a scab.
to act or work as a scab.

Nearby words

  1. sc.d.,
  2. sc.d.hyg.,
  3. sc.d.med.,
  4. sc.m.,
  5. sc.m.hyg.,
  6. scabbard,
  7. scabbard fish,
  8. scabbardfish,
  9. scabbed,
  10. scabble

Origin of scab

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

Related formsscab·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for scab

scab

/ (skæb) /

noun

verb scabs, scabbing or scabbed (intr)

Derived Formsscablike, 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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Word Origin and History for scab

scab

n.

mid-13c., "skin disease," developed from Old English sceabb "scab, itch" (related to scafan "to shave, scrape, scratch") and from Old Norse skabb "scab, itch," both from Proto-Germanic *skab- "scratch, shave," from PIE *(s)kep- "to cut, scrape, hack" (see scabies). Sense reinforced by cognate Latin scabies "scab, itch, mange" (from scabere "to scratch").

Meaning "crust which forms over a wound or sore" is first attested c.1400. Meaning "strikebreaker" first recorded 1806, from earlier sense of "person who refuses to join a trade union" (1777), probably from meaning "despicable person" (1580s), possibly borrowed in this sense from Middle Dutch.

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Medicine definitions for scab

scab

[ skăb ]

n.

A crust formed from and covering a healing wound.
Scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.

v.

To become covered with scabs or a scab.

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Science 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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Culture 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.)

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