scabbed [ skab-id, skabd ] SHOW IPA / ˈskæb ɪd, skæbd / PHONETIC RESPELLING adjective covered with or affected by scabs. . Obsolete mean or petty. RELATED WORDS exfoliate
delaminate Origin of scabbed Middle English
word dating back to
see origin at
-ed 3 Related forms scab·bed·ness, noun un·scab·bed, adjective scab [ skab ] SHOW IPA / skæb / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun the incrustation that forms over a sore or wound during healing. . Veterinary Pathology a mangy disease in animals, especially sheep; scabies. Compare itch. (def 10) . Plant Pathology a disease of plants characterized by crustlike lesions on the affected parts and caused by a fungus or bacterium. one of these crustlike lesions. a worker who refuses to join a labor union or to participate in a union strike, who takes a striking worker's place on the job, or the like. . Slang a rascal or scoundrel. . Metallurgy a projection or roughness on an ingot or casting from a defective mold. a surface defect on an iron or steel piece resulting from the rolling in of scale. . Carpentry a short, flat piece of wood used for various purposes, as binding two timbers butted together or strengthening a timber at a weak spot. SEE MORE SEE LESS verb (used without object), scabbed, scab·bing. to become covered with a scab. to act or work as a scab. Origin of scab 1200–50; 1800–10 for def 4
Old Norse skabb
scab, itch; cf.
shave Related forms scab·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for scabbed
He was aware, also, of the dirt, which
scabbed and crusted everything.
Fumitory helps such as are itchy and
scabbed, helps Rickets, madness, and quartain agues.
Fed by slaves from the cradle, hag-ridden by his vices; a purple young bully, a product of filthy sloth,
scabbed with privilege.
Shuld he not do all agaynste gods forbod which wold trim his cap, lettyng his head be vnkempt, and all
scabbed? British Dictionary definitions for scabbed noun the dried crusty surface of a healing skin wound or sore a contagious disease of sheep, a form of mange, caused by a mite ( Psoroptes communis) a fungal disease of plants characterized by crusty spots on the fruits, leaves, etc derogatory Also called: blackleg a person who refuses to support a trade union's actions, esp one who replaces a worker who is on strike ( as modifier) scab labour SEE MORE SEE LESS verb scabs, scabbing or scabbed (intr) to become covered with a scab (of a road surface) to become loose so that potholes develop to replace a striking worker SEE MORE SEE LESS Derived Forms scablike, adjective Word Origin for scab
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 scabbed 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 scabbed 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 scabbed A crust that forms over a healing wound, consisting of dried blood, plasma, and other secretions.
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Culture definitions for scabbed
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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