[ skey-lee ]
/ ˈskeɪ li /

adjective, scal·i·er, scal·i·est.

covered with or abounding in scales or scale.
characterized by or consisting of scales; scalelike.
peeling or flaking off in scales.
Slang. shabby; despicable.

Origin of scaly

First recorded in 1520–30; scale1 + -y1

Related forms

scal·i·ness, nounun·scal·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scaly


/ (ˈskeɪlɪ) /

adjective scalier or scaliest

resembling or covered in scales
peeling off in scales

Derived Forms

scaliness, noun
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Medicine definitions for scaly


[ skālē ]


Covered or partially covered with scales.
Shedding scales or flakes; flaking.
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