Adjective "scabrous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Rough and covered with, or as if with, scabs.
  1. 'Mengele, she believes, chose her for this favoured project because, although sick and lousy, her flesh was remarkably unmarked - Mengele had an aversion to scarred or scabrous skin.'
  2. 'Dropping the rag over the side of the bedpost, she turned and let the scabrous shard fall into a small bowl on the dresser; it greeted a similarly discordant family with a slight tink of angular metallic collision.'
  3. 'What had once been a set of four horrible, deep pits in her hand - two on her palm and two on the back - had turned into a scabrous mass of clotted blood.'
  4. 'Most of the stripped down monologue consists of a topless Dee Dee baring his soul and his scabrous white chest, which starkly contrasts against the black backdrop.'
  5. 'After encounters with ‘a scabrous German shepherd’ and ‘two blood-eyed mastiffs’, he walks past two ‘copulating dogs’ on his way to talk to Maximo, another shark-man.'
  6. 'The gargoyles are functionless and the half-timbered effect of the East wing, which is a later addition and houses a billiard room, is entirely bogus, the timbers being painted on to a surface of scabrous cement.'
  7. 'An audible hissing pop accompanied the loosening of the last bolt, and at the sight of my leprous fore-arms and the great plates of scabrous horn which have overgrown my chest, the roust-abouts screamed like a pair of God-damned fat ladies.'
  8. 'a scabrous hovel'
  9. 'Lurching and moaning like the undead, their final EP is scabrous and abhorrent listening.'
Indecent; salacious.
  1. 'This time out I'm happy to report (only because I don't have to live with the guy) that he's as scabrous and brutal as all his little goat-children could've hoped.'
  2. 'In the end, it proves disastrous - disastrous for complexity, analysis, richness, variegation - for the novel to conjure its vision of Texas from a scabrous adolescent narrator.'
  3. '‘You have to acknowledge that the Scots tradition is very adept at the scabrous song,’ says the singer.'
  4. 'They are intentionally, indeed overinsistently, scabrous; and they are conscientiously repetitious in their linear, timeless design.'
  5. 'He, by stark contrast, was scabrous and confessional, sexy, vernacular, and totally unpredictable.'
  6. 'Not all the ‘women whom he chose to love’ shared this lady's antipathy, as we learn from the gallant, erotic, or downright scabrous poems they occasioned.'
  7. 'Usually described as a ballad opera - which makes it sound safe - it is a play with songs, the songs in question being popular pieces of the day, fitted with new lyrics that formed scabrous takes on the original words.'


1. having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.

2. indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene: scabrous books.

3. full of difficulties.

More examples(as adjective)

"skins can be scabrous."

"rocks can be scabrous."

"proses can be scabrous."

"natures can be scabrous."

"lumps can be scabrous."

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Late 16th century (first used to describe an author's style as ‘harsh, unmusical, unpolished’): from French scabreux or late Latin scabrosus, from Latin scaber ‘rough’.