scaly

adjective \ ˈskā-lē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of scaly

scalier; scaliest
1 a : covered with, composed of, or rich in scale or scales
b : flaky
2 : of or relating to scaly animals
3 : despicable, poor
  • a regular scaly old shop
  • —Charles Dickens
4 : infested with scale insects
  • scaly fruit

scaliness

noun

Examples of scaly in a Sentence

  1. His skin was dry and scaly.

  2. the snake's scaly skin was dry to the touch

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First Known Use of scaly

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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scaly Synonyms

Synonyms

scaled, squamous;

Antonyms

scaleless;

Near Antonyms

smooth;

Related Words

scalelike;


SCALY Defined for English Language Learners

scaly

Definition of scaly for English Language Learners

  • : covered with scales or flakes


SCALY Defined for Kids

scaly

adjective \ ˈskā-lē \

Definition of scaly for Students

scalier; scaliest
: covered with scales or flakes
  • scaly skin

Medical Dictionary

scaly

adjective \ ˈskā-lē \

medical Definition of scaly

scalier; scaliest
: covered with or composed of scale or scales
  • dry scaly skin

scaliness

noun


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