roy·​nish | \ ˈrȯinish \

Definition of roynish

1 archaic : mangy, scabby
2 archaic : base, coarse

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First Known Use of roynish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roynish

Middle English, from royne scurf, scab (from Middle French rogne, from—assumed—Vulgar Latin ronea, probably alteration—influenced by Latin rodere to gnaw—of Latin aranea spider, spider web) + -ish

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“Roynish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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