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scurvy

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noun scur·vy \ˈskər-vē\

Simple Definition of scurvy

  • : a disease that is caused by not eating enough fruits or vegetables that contain vitamin C

Full Definition of scurvy

  1. :  a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and characterized by spongy gums, loosening of the teeth, and a bleeding into the skin and mucous membranes

Origin of scurvy

2scurvy


First Known Use: circa 1565

Rhymes with scurvy


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scurvy

adjective scur·vy

Definition of scurvy

  1. :  arousing disgust or scorn :  contemptible, despicable <a scurvy trick>

scur·vi·ly play \-və-lē\ adverb
scur·vi·ness play \-vē-nəs\ noun


Examples of scurvy

  1. <after winning the lottery, she was beset by a whole scurvy swarm of con artists, ne'er-do-wells, and hangers-on>



Origin of scurvy

scurf


First Known Use: 1579

Synonym Discussion of scurvy

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values <a contemptible liar>. despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation <a despicable crime>. pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity <a pitiable attempt at tragedy>. sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness <this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car>. scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust <a scurvy crew of hangers-on>.

Medical Dictionary

scurvy

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noun scur·vy \ˈskər-vē\

Medical Definition of scurvy

plural scur·vies

  1. :  a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C and characterized by spongy gums, loosening of the teeth, and bleeding into the skin and mucous membranes—called also scorbutus





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