adjective roy·nish \ˈrȯinish\

Definition of roynish

  1. 1 archaic :  mangy, scabby

  2. 2 archaic :  base, coarse

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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at arachn-, rat

First Known Use: 15th century

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to cast off or become cast off

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