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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It was quickly pointed out to CAP’s top brass that this amounted to firing the entire unionized staff and running the site with scabs, and so the plan was canceled. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "ThinkProgress Was Always Doomed," 11 Sep. 2019 All around her, houses were still boarded up or covered with sagging scabs of blue emergency tarp. Jack Healy, New York Times, "They Survived Dorian but Wonder How Many More Hurricanes They Can Withstand," 6 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless, Trump kept picking at the scab, attacking the news media for contradicting his statements and enlisting a government agency to back him up by contradicting the facts. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s trashing of NOAA’s scientific reputation is part of his war on science," 9 Sep. 2019 Blues at Bruins, Oct. 26 Just grab that Game 7 scab and rip. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Reasons to get excited about (almost) every game on the Bruins schedule," 14 Aug. 2019 Herpes Simplex Virus-2, or genital herpes, can cause blistering sores and ulcers that eventually become scabs. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Is Blue Waffle Disease Real? Here’s What a Gynecologist Says," 23 July 2019 According to a probable cause affidavit, the cat had serious burns, was missing fur, was covered in scabs, was completely missing one toe and had the bone from another toe exposed. oregonlive.com, "Portland woman convicted of animal neglect after leaving cat’s severe burns untreated," 23 July 2019 And while Pantaleo's career, and possibly freedom, hang in the balance, a mother's grief remains, with each emotional scab reopened at every departmental hearing, anniversary and rally. Mark Morales, CNN, "Five years after Eric Garner's death, questions remain over officer's actions in the confrontation," 16 July 2019 Last month, to celebrate the anniversary, the White Sox gave out commemorative Disco Demolition T-shirts to 10,000 fans for a home game and even that echo promotion scraped a scab from an old wound. Joe Lapointe, Detroit Free Press, "40 years ago, Disco Demolition Night stirred culture war still being fought," 12 July 2019

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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