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

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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 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,, "Susan Rothenberg, acclaimed figurative painter, 75," 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, "Tested: 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R," 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, "How the Obscure Science of Rubbing Built the Past and Will Shape the Future," 7 Apr. 2020 Underground rappers like Denzel Curry, Ghostemane and Scarlxrd have embraced their bloodletting lyrics and scabrous noise. Los Angeles Times, "With new fans aboard, Korn shows how to metal in middle age," 10 Sep. 2019 The ensuing game of false pretenses and misapprehensions leads to an ingenious sequence in which Akerman channels Peter Sellers’s accentuated antics along with a bit of Groucho Marx’s scabrous arrogance. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: A Rediscovered Short by—and Starring—Chantal Akerman," 22 Aug. 2019 In the fifth episode of the new season of Succession, the scabrous Roy family find themselves at the country retreat of a liberal-media doyenne, Nan Pierce (Cherry Jones), and in the entirely unfamiliar situation of having to play nice. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019 Levinson followed that with the scabrous HBO series The Wire (2002–8), which introduced a roster of new-generation black stereotypes to authenticate the social fears first put into law through the 1994 Clinton crime bill. Armond White, National Review, "The Baltimore Culture Wars: A History," 31 July 2019 And in the 2000 GOP South Carolina presidential primary, John McCain faced a scabrous whispering campaign that falsely claimed that his adopted daughter from Bangladesh was the fruit of an affair with a black prostitute. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Lindsey Graham’s “Achilles Heel”," 9 July 2019

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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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The first known use of scabrous was in 1646

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“Scabrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scabrous

technical : having a rough surface
formal : referring to sex in a rude or shocking way

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