Scabrous
Scabrous Sca"brous, a. [L. scabrosus, fr. scaber rough: cf. F. scabreux.] 1. Rough to the touch, like a file; having small raised dots, scales, or points; scabby; scurfy; scaly. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Harsh; unmusical. [R.] [1913 Webster]

His verse is scabrous and hobbling. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


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  • scabrous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) rough and covered with scabs. 2) salacious or sordid. ORIGIN Latin scabrosus, from scaber rough …   English terms dictionary

  • scabrous — [skab′rəs, skā′brəs] adj. [LL scabrosus < L scabere, to scratch: see SCAB] 1. a) rough with small points or knobs, like a file; scaly or scabby b) marked with or as with scabs; blotchy, encrusted, etc. 2. full of difficulties 3. indecent,… …   English World dictionary

  • scabrous — adjective Etymology: Latin scabr , scaber rough, scurfy; akin to Latin scabere to scratch more at scab Date: 1646 1. difficult, knotty < a scabrous problem > 2. rough to the touch: as a. having small raised dots, scales, or points < a scabrous… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • scabrous — adjective a) covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely rough After the incident with the gasoline, Noels burnt arm remained scabrous, and was susceptible to infections. b) having indecent sexual content or connotation, rough The novel… …   Wiktionary

  • scabrous — sca|brous [ˈskeıbrəs, ˈskæb US ˈskæb ] adj literary [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: scabrosus, from Latin scaber rough ] 1.) rude or shocking, especially in a sexual way ▪ The film is a joy hilariously funny and unremittingly scabrous.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scabrous — [[t]ske͟ɪbrəs, skæ̱b [/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as scabrous, you mean that it deals with sex or describes sex in a shocking way. [LITERARY] ...the scabrous lower reaches of the film business …   English dictionary

  • scabrous — scabrously, adv. scabrousness, n. /skab reuhs/, adj. 1. having a rough surface because of minute points or projections. 2. indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene: scabrous books. 3. full of difficulties. [1575 85; < L scab(e)r rough + OUS] S …   Universalium

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