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scab

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noun \ˈskab\

Simple Definition of scab

  • : a hard covering of dried blood that forms over a wound to cover and protect it as it heals

  • : a worker who does not join a strike or who takes the place of another worker who is on strike

Full Definition of scab

  1. 1 :  scabies of domestic animals

  2. 2 :  a crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound

  3. 3a :  a contemptible personb (1) :  a worker who refuses to join a labor union (2) :  a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended (3) :  a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike (4) :  one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms

  4. 4 :  any of various bacterial or fungus diseases of plants characterized by crustaceous spots; also :  one of the spots

Origin of scab

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish skabbr scab; akin to Old English sceabb scab, Latin scabere to scratch — more at shave


First Known Use: 13th century

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scab

intransitive verb

Definition of scab

scabbedscab·bing

  1. 1 :  to become covered with a scab

  2. 2 :  to act as a scab



1683

First Known Use of scab

1683


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