adjective, scal·i·er, scal·i·est.
characterized by or consisting of scales; scalelike. peeling or flaking off in scales.
Slang. shabby; despicable.
Origin of scaly
Related formsscal·i·ness, nounun·scal·y, adjective
First recorded in 1520–30; scale1
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Examples from the Web for scaly
Historical Examples of scaly
The Armed-Fish has its name from its arms, and its scaly mail.
The stems may not be scaly at the apex, often rosy when young.
The stem is quite short, tapering downward, dark green, scaly.
The stem is solid, slender, scaly, somewhat lighter than the pileus.
The stem is inclined to be scaly, thickened at the base, solid.
British Dictionary definitions for scaly
adjective scalier or scaliest
Derived Formsscaliness, noun
resembling or covered in scales
peeling off in scales
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Word Origin and History for scaly
also scaley, late 14c., from scale (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Scaliness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Covered or partially covered with scales.
Shedding scales or flakes; flaking.
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