archaic : mangy, scabby
archaic : base, coarse

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of roynish was in the 15th century

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“Roynish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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