covered with or affected by scabs.
Obsolete. mean or petty.
Origin of scabbed
Middle EnglishRelated formsscab·bed·ness, nounun·scab·bed, adjective
word dating back to 1250–1300;
see origin at scab
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.
- 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.
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 4Related formsscab·like, adjective
; Middle English
< Old Norse skabb
scab, itch; cf. shabby
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for scabbedexfoliate
Examples from the Web for scabbed
Historical Examples of scabbed
British Dictionary definitions for scabbed
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
- Also called: blacklega person who refuses to support a trade union's actions, esp one who replaces a worker who is on strike
- (as modifier)scab labour
a despicable person
verb scabs, scabbing or scabbed (intr)
Derived Formsscablike, adjective
to become covered with a scab
(of a road surface) to become loose so that potholes develop
to replace a striking worker
Word Origin for scab
Old English sceabb; related to Old Norse skabb, Latin scabiēs, Middle Low German schabbe scoundrel, German schäbig shabby
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for scabbed
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A crust formed from and covering a healing wound.
Scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.
To become covered with scabs or a scab.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
A crust that forms over a healing wound, consisting of dried blood, plasma, and other secretions.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.