[ skab-id, skabd ]
/ ˈskæb ɪd, skæbd /


covered with or affected by scabs.
Obsolete. mean or petty.

Nearby words

  1. sc.m.hyg.,
  2. scab,
  3. scabbard,
  4. scabbard fish,
  5. scabbardfish,
  6. scabble,
  7. scabby,
  8. scabby mouth,
  9. scabicide,
  10. scabies

Origin of scabbed

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at scab, -ed3

Related formsscab·bed·ness, nounun·scab·bed, adjective


[ skab ]
/ skæb /


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; Middle English < Old Norse skabb scab, itch; cf. shabby, shave

Related formsscab·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scabbed


/ (skæb) /


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 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.

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Medicine definitions for scabbed


[ skăb ]


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.

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Science definitions for scabbed


[ skăb ]

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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