Origin of scabrous
Examples from the Web for scabrous
From Romantic squish to scabrous satirist to rebel wrangler to, finally, Ambassador of Goodwill.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy|Michael Weiss|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Behind him, standing atop the dented and scabrous garbage cans, Dumont.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town|Cory Doctorow
A scaly, scabrous thing was pressing against his upflung hands that he raised above his head—a loathsome touch!Brood of the Dark Moon|Charles Willard Diffin
The green vanished like a mist, and scabrous desert cacti crept in on prickly feet.Dust of the Desert|Robert Welles Ritchie
Word Origin for scabrous
1570s, "harsh, unmusical" (implied in scabrously), from Late Latin scabrosus "rough," from Latin scaber "rough, scaly," related to scabere "to scratch, scrape" (see scabies). Sense in English evolved to "vulgar" (1881), "squalid" (1939), and "nasty, repulsive" (c.1951). Classical literal sense of "rough, rugged" attested in English from 1650s. Related: Scabrously; scabrousness.