scabby

adjective

scab·​by ˈska-bē How to pronounce scabby (audio)
scabbier; scabbiest
1
a
: covered with or full of scabs
scabby skin
b
: diseased with scab
a scabby animal
scabby potatoes
2
: mean, contemptible
a scabby trick

Examples of scabby in a Sentence

that's a scabby trick to play on someone trying to help
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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“Scabby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scabby. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

scabby

adjective
scab·​by ˈskab-ē How to pronounce scabby (audio)
scabbier; scabbiest
1
a
: covered with or full of scabs
scabby skin
b
: diseased with scab
a scabby plant
2
: contemptible
a scabby trick

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