Definition and Meanings for scabs

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Scabs is ranked 39,400 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of scabs

noun, intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of scabs

oe. scab, scabbe, shabbe; cf. as. scaeb, sceabb, scebb, dan. & sw. skab, and also l. scabies, fr. scabere to scratch, akin to e. shave. see shave, and cf. shab, shabby

Meaning of scabs


as noun

  • an incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed by the drying up of the discharge from the diseased part.
  • the itch in man; also, the scurvy.
  • the mange, esp. when it appears on sheep.
  • a disease of potatoes producing pits in their surface, caused by a minute fungus (tiburcinia scabies).
  • a slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
  • a mean, dirty, paltry fellow.
  • a nickname for a workman who engages for lower wages than are fixed by the trades unions; also, for one who takes the place of a workman on a strike.
  • any one of various more or less destructive fungus diseases attacking cultivated plants, and usually forming dark-colored crustlike spots.

as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to become covered with a scab; as, the wound scabbed over.
  • to take the place of a striking worker.
  • No antonyms for scabs

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