scabrous

adjective sca·brous \ ˈska-brəs 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

scabrously

adverb

scabrousness

noun

Examples of scabrous in a Sentence

  1. a movie with scabrous humor

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Origin and Etymology of scabrous

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

Synonym Discussion of scabrous

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

SCABROUS Defined for English Language Learners

scabrous

Definition of scabrous for English Language Learners

  • : having a rough surface

  • : referring to sex in a rude or shocking way


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