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.

Nearby words

  1. scabbard,
  2. scabbard fish,
  3. scabbardfish,
  4. scabbed,
  5. scabble,
  6. scabby mouth,
  7. scabicide,
  8. scabies,
  9. scabietic,
  10. scabious

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

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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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Medicine definitions for scabby




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

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