Scurvier
Scurvy Scur"vy, a. [Compar. {Scurvier}; superl. {Scurviest}.] [From {Scurf}; cf. {Scurvy}, n.] 1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy. ``Whatsoever man . . . be scurvy or scabbed.'' --Lev. xxi. 18, 20. [1913 Webster]

2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; contemptible. ``A scurvy trick.'' --Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster]

That scurvy custom of taking tobacco. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

[He] spoke spoke such scurvy and provoking terms. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • scurvier — scur·vy || skÉœrvɪ / skɜːvɪ n. (Medicine) disease resulting from a vitamin C deficiency (characterized by bleeding gums, weakness, and anemia) adj. mean, rascally, despicable …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Scurviest — Scurvy Scur vy, a. [Compar. {Scurvier}; superl. {Scurviest}.] [From {Scurf}; cf. {Scurvy}, n.] 1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy. Whatsoever man . . . be scurvy or scabbed. Lev. xxi …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scurvy — Scur vy, a. [Compar. {Scurvier}; superl. {Scurviest}.] [From {Scurf}; cf. {Scurvy}, n.] 1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy. Whatsoever man . . . be scurvy or scabbed. Lev. xxi. 18,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scurvy — scurvily, adv. scurviness, n. /skerr vee/, n., adj., scurvier, scurviest. n. 1. Pathol. a disease marked by swollen and bleeding gums, livid spots on the skin, prostration, etc., due to a diet lacking in vitamin C. adj. 2. contemptible;… …   Universalium

  • scurvy — noun a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds. adjective (scurvier, scurviest) archaic worthless or contemptible. Derivatives scurvily adverb Origin ME (as… …   English new terms dictionary

  • scurvy — /ˈskɜvi / (say skervee) noun 1. a disease marked by swollen and bleeding gums, livid spots on the skin, prostration, etc., due to a diet lacking in vitamin C. –adjective (scurvier, scurviest) 2. low, mean, or contemptible: a scurvy trick.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • scurvy — ► NOUN ▪ a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds. ► ADJECTIVE (scurvier, scurviest) archaic ▪ worthless or contemptible. ORIGIN from SCURF(Cf. ↑scurfy) …   English terms dictionary

  • scurvy — [skʉr′vē] adj. scurvier, scurviest [< SCURF] 1. former var. of SCURFY 2. low; mean; vile; contemptible n. [< SCURVY the adj.] a disease resulting from a deficiency of ascorbic acid in the body, characterized by weakness, anemia, spo …   English World dictionary

  • scurvy — n. & adj. n. a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by swollen bleeding gums and the opening of previously healed wounds, esp. formerly affecting sailors. adj. (scurvier, scurviest) paltry, low, mean, dishonourable,… …   Useful english dictionary

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