[ skur-uh-luhs, skuhr- ]
/ ˈskɜr ə ləs, ˈskʌr- /


grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor.
characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest.

Origin of scurrilous

First recorded in 1570–80; scurrile + -ous

Related forms

scur·ril·ous·ly, adverbscur·ril·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scurrilous


/ (ˈskʌrɪləs) /


grossly or obscenely abusive or defamatory
characterized by gross or obscene humour

Derived Forms

scurrility (skəˈrɪlɪtɪ) or scurrilousness, nounscurrilously, adverb

Word Origin for scurrilous

C16: from Latin scurrīlis derisive, from scurra buffoon
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