scab


1scab

noun \ˈskab\

: 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
:  scabies of domestic animals
2
:  a crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound
3
a :  a contemptible person
b (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
:  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

Rhymes with SCAB

2scab

intransitive verb
scabbedscab·bing

Definition of SCAB

1
:  to become covered with a scab
2
:  to act as a scab

First Known Use of SCAB

1683

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