sca·​brous | \ ˈska-brəs How to pronounce scabrous (audio) also ˈskā- \

Definition of scabrous

1 : difficult, knotty a scabrous problem
2 : rough to the touch: such as
a : having small raised dots, scales, or points a scabrous leaf
b : covered with raised, roughened, or unwholesome patches scabrous paint scabrous skin
3 : dealing with suggestive, indecent, or scandalous themes : salacious also : squalid

Other Words from scabrous

scabrously adverb
scabrousness noun

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rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of scabrous in a Sentence

a movie with scabrous humor
Recent Examples on the Web For his second solo outing, the Lower East Side’s most scabrous bard decamped to a London studio. Spin Staff, SPIN, 22 Apr. 2022 Instead of another routine foray into casual adultery as a metric of modern morality, this should have been a scabrous satire on cinema’s decline and hypocrisy’s ascendance. Armond White, National Review, 4 Feb. 2022 Pop culture commentators belatedly began to applaud Armstrong's scabrous depiction of the mega-rich and the comedic potential of the characters, including Tom and Greg. Clark Collis,, 9 Nov. 2021 Modernist theologians such as Edward Schillebeeckx were absolutely scabrous about the papacies of Paul VI and John Paul II, seeing in them a betrayal of the spirit of Vatican II. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 15 Sep. 2021 Her first solo show in 1975, at the ragtag experimental SoHo art space 112 Greene Street, consisted of three large, scabrous canvases depicting the pared-down form of a horse cleaved by a vertical or horizontal line. Randy Kennedy,, 21 May 2020 On the scabrous asphalt around our Michigan home base, the T-5R would likely have all the ride comfort of a steel canoe running shallow rapids. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, 18 May 2020 Surfaces as varied as yoga mats and iPhone touch screens are carefully calibrated for our touch, designed to be neither too slick nor too scabrous. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2020 Underground rappers like Denzel Curry, Ghostemane and Scarlxrd have embraced their bloodletting lyrics and scabrous noise. Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of scabrous

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scabrous

Latin scabr-, scaber rough, scurfy; akin to Latin scabere to scratch — more at scab

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3 May 2022

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“Scabrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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