adjective, scab·bi·er, scab·bi·est.

covered with scabs; having many scabs.
consisting of scabs.
(of an animal or plant) having scab.
Informal. mean or contemptible: a scabby trick.

Origin of scabby

First recorded in 1520–30; scab + -y1
Related formsscab·bi·ly, adverbscab·bi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scabby

Contemporary Examples of scabby

Historical Examples of scabby

  • You could not make head or tail of him; but I know their scabby lingo.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • Don't you have anything to do with Scabby Thompson, or you'll be sorry for it.

  • You have drunk enough of our milk, you scabby Christ-killer!

  • The skin is scaly or scabby, sometimes appearing like a large seed-wart.

    Domestic Animals

    Richard L. Allen

  • I cant keep run of all the scabby customers he brings in here.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass

    Thomas K. Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for scabby


adjective -bier or -biest

pathol having an area of the skin covered with scabs
pathol obsolete having scabies
informal despicable
Derived Formsscabbily, adverbscabbiness, noun
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scabby in Medicine




Having, consisting of, or covered with scabs.
Affected with scab or scabies.
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