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scab

noun \ ˈskab \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of scab

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

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Origin and Etymology of scab

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

verb

Definition of scab

scabbed; scabbing
intransitive verb
1 : to become covered with a scab
2 : to act as a scab

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First Known Use of scab

1683


SCAB Defined for English Language Learners

scab

noun

Definition of scab for English Language Learners

  • : a hard covering of dried blood that forms over a wound to cover and protect it as it heals

  • : a worker who does not join a strike or who takes the place of another worker who is on strike


SCAB Defined for Kids

scab

noun \ ˈskab \

Definition of scab for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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scab

noun \ ˈskab \

medical Definition of scab

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

scabby

play \\ adjective scabbier; scabbiest

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scab

intransitive verb

medical Definition of scab

scabbed; scabbing
: to become covered with a scab
  • the wound scabbed over

Law Dictionary

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


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