scab

noun
\ ˈskab How to pronounce scab (audio) \

Definition of scab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : scabies of domestic animals
2 : a crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound
3a : 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

scab

verb
scabbed; scabbing

Definition of scab (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of scab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her body was fully covered in scars, scabs, blisters and bruises from whip marks. Linda Trischitta, sun-sentinel.com, "Girl, 8, abused by three adults, Fort Lauderdale police say," 4 June 2019 These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin. Vogue, "Celebrity Manicurist Deborah Lippmann on Beauty, Aging, and the Product That Changed her Relationship With her Hands," 1 Apr. 2019 Graf and Waldorf advise skipping the concealer until the scab has healed. Emily Gaynor, Teen Vogue, "How to Treat a Curling Iron Burn," 9 Aug. 2018 For them to do that will take some work, because the real way that unions are able to be effective is to be able to strike and keep scabs out. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley suspects social media platforms are hiding politics they don’t like," 8 Oct. 2018 The Verge spoke to Ignotofsky about velvet worms, how art is like a scab, and why mistakes are a key part of style. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Get a grip on the natural world with this beautiful manual for the planet," 15 Sep. 2018 An unsuccessful squeeze with slightly too-long nails left a small scab on my chin that felt enormous to me. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "The No-Frills Face Cream That Tackles the Toughest Dry Spots," 27 Aug. 2018 The emerald green gowns, gloves, carpets, and wallpaper that came into vogue in Victorian Britain, which appeared extra brilliant thanks to the arsenic in their dye, resulted in scabs, sores, and organ failure. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Why cadmium, a metal that can cause kidney and bone damage, is still used in jewelry," 12 Oct. 2018 Brown had a bruise and scab on his face before a game between the Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets that was played later on the day of his arrest, according to WISN. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Officers involved in arrest of NBA's Sterling Brown disciplined, police chief says," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cellulitis can cause a painful, red, tender, swollen rash that may blister and scab over, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 2019 The blisters typically scab over in seven to 10 days, and can take up to four weeks to clear up. Korin Miller, SELF, "Yes, Shingles Is Contagious—Kind of," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of scab

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scab

Noun

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish skabbr scab; akin to Old English sceabb scab, Latin scabere to scratch — more at shave

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scab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scab

: a hard covering of dried blood that forms over a wound to cover and protect it as it heals
informal + disapproving : a worker who does not join a strike or who takes the place of another worker who is on strike

scab

noun
\ ˈskab How to pronounce scab (audio) \

Kids Definition of scab

: a crust mostly of hardened blood that forms over and protects a sore or wound as it heals

scab

noun
\ ˈskab How to pronounce scab (audio) \

Medical Definition of scab

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : scabies of domestic animals
2 : a hardened covering of dried secretions (as blood, plasma, or pus) that forms over a wound

called also crust

Other Words from scab

scabby \ -​ē How to pronounce scabby (audio) \ adjective scabbier; scabbiest
scabbed; scabbing

Medical Definition of scab (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become covered with a scab the wound scabbed over

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scab

noun

Legal Definition of scab

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 : strikebreaker
4 : one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms

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