scabby

adjective scab·by \ ˈska-bē \

Definition of scabby

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

  1. that's a scabby trick to play on someone trying to help

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First Known Use of scabby

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SCABBY Defined for Kids

scabby

adjective scab·by \ ˈska-bē \

Definition of scabby for Students

scabbier; scabbiest
: covered with scabs
  • scabby skin


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