adjective, scur·vi·er, scur·vi·est.
Origin of scurvy
Examples from the Web for scurvy
In the 18th century, German immigrants coming to Pennsylvania boarded ships plagued with typhus, dysentery, smallpox, and scurvy.
All next day he revolved in his mind the scurvy trick he had done at the Club.A Boy Knight|Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
In the end of June the ships passed the equator, and scurvy made its customary appearance among the men.The Golden Book of the Dutch Navigators|Hendrik Willem van Loon
The Finlanders were not attacked with scurvy, but the rest suffered severely.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
adjective -vier or -viest
Word Origin for scurvy
1560s, noun use of adjective scurvy "covered with scabs, diseased, scorbutic" (early 15c.), variant of scurfy. It took on the narrower meaning of Dutch scheurbuik, French scorbut "scurvy," in reference to the disease characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, prostration, etc., perhaps from Old Norse skyrbjugr, which is perhaps literally "a swelling (bjugr) from drinking sour milk (skyr) on long sea voyages;" but OED has alternative etymology of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin, as "disease that lacerates the belly," from schoren "to lacerate" + Middle Low German buk, Dutch buik "belly."