Scaly

  • 1 Scaly — Scal y, a. 1. Covered or abounding with scales; as, a scaly fish. Scaly crocodile. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Resembling scales, lamin[ae], or layers. [1913 Webster] 3. Mean; low; as, a scaly fellow. [Low] [1913 Webster] 4. (Bot.) Composed of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 scaly — (adj.) also scaley, 1520s, from SCALE (Cf. scale) (n.1) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Scaliness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 scaly — meaning ‘covered in scales’, is spelt in this way, not scaley. The derived noun is scaliness …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 scaly — ► ADJECTIVE (scalier, scaliest) 1) covered in scales. 2) (of skin) dry and flaking …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 scaly — [skā′lē] adj. scalier, scaliest 1. having, covered with, composed of, or resembling a scale or scales 2. shedding or yielding scales or flakes 3. full of or infested with scale insects …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 scaly — [[t]ske͟ɪli[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A scaly animal has small pieces of hard skin covering its body. The brown rat has prominent ears and a long scaly tail. 2) ADJ GRADED If someone s skin is scaly, it has dry areas and small pieces of it come off …

    English dictionary

  • 7 scaly — UK [ˈskeɪlɪ] / US adjective Word forms scaly : adjective scaly comparative scalier superlative scaliest 1) a scaly animal has skin like that of a fish or a snake 2) scaly skin is so dry that small pieces of it fall off …

    English dictionary

  • 8 scaly — adjective (scalier; est) Date: 14th century 1. a. covered with, composed of, or rich in scale or scales b. flaky 2. of or relating to scaly animals 3. despicable, poor < a regular scaly old shop Charles Dickens > 4. infested wi …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 scaly — SYN: squamous. * * * scaly skā lē adj, scal·i·er; est covered with or composed of scale or scales <dry scaly skin> scal·i·ness n * * * sca·ly (skaґle) [L. squamosus] pertaining to or characterized by scales …

    Medical dictionary

  • 10 scaly — scal|y [ˈskeıli] adj 1.) a scaly animal or fish is covered with small flat pieces of hard skin 2.) scaly skin is dry and rough …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 scaly — scal|y [ skeıli ] adjective 1. ) a scaly animal has skin like that of a fish or a snake 2. ) scaly skin is so dry that small pieces of it fall off …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 scaly — adjective 1 an animal, such as a fish, that is scaly is covered with small flat pieces of hard skin 2 scaly skin is dry and rough scaliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 scaly — adjective 1) the dragon s scaly hide Syn: technical squamous, squamate, squamose, lamellate, lamellar, lamelliform, lamellose 2) scaly patches of dead skin Syn: flaky, dry, flaking, scurfy, peeling …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 scaly — 1) having scales, covered with scales, being a scaly organism 2) shabby, mean (slang) …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 15 scaly — adjective a) Covered or abounding with scales; as, a scaly fish. b) Resembling scales, laminae, or layers …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 scaly — adj. Scaly is used with these nouns: ↑hide, ↑rash, ↑skin …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 scaly — [ˈskeɪli] adj scaly skin is so dry that small pieces of it fall off …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 18 scaly — I. /ˈskeɪli/ (say skaylee) adjective (scalier, scaliest) 1. covered with or having a lot of scales or scale. 2. characterised by or consisting of scales; scale like. 3. peeling or flaking off in scales. 4. Colloquial shabby; despicable. {scale1 + …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 scaly — scaliness, n. /skay lee/, adj., scalier, scaliest. 1. covered with or abounding in scales or scale. 2. characterized by or consisting of scales; scalelike. 3. peeling or flaking off in scales. 4. Slang. shabby; despicable. [1520 30; SCALE1 + Y1]… …

    Universalium

  • 20 scaly — Synonyms and related words: asperous, branny, chalklike, chalky, comminute, comminuted, crushed, detrital, detrited, disintegrated, dusty, efflorescent, farinaceous, fine, flaky, flocculent, floury, furfuraceous, gone to dust, grated, ground,… …

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