scab·​by | \ ˈska-bē How to pronounce scabby (audio) \
scabbier; scabbiest

Definition of scabby

1a : 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
Recent Examples on the Web View this post on Instagram Currently wrapped in a somewhat scabby old blanket, with a face mask on, clutching a lukewarm coffee while attempting and failing to get some decent writing done ? Send help. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, 6 Mar. 2019 As buzzy, crowd-pleasing indie comedies got snatched up for millions, the festival's scabby mutant black sheep went untouched, until horror-specific streaming service Shudder stepped in. Charles Bramesco, Esquire, 20 July 2017 People walk up and try to grab a sample with dirty, bleeding, scabby hands not realizing that other people will also be sampling that food. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of scabby

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

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“Scabby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for scabby


scab·​by | \ ˈska-bē How to pronounce scabby (audio) \
scabbier; scabbiest

Kids Definition of scabby

: covered with scabs scabby skin

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