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 (skăb′rəs, skā′brəs)
1. Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch: a scabrous scar; a plant with scabrous leaves.
2. Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.

[Late Latin scabrōsus, from scaber, scabr-, scurfy.]

scab′rous·ly adv.
scab′rous·ness n.


1. roughened because of small projections; scaly
2. indelicate, indecent, or salacious: scabrous humour.
3. difficult to deal with; knotty
[C17: from Latin scaber rough; related to scabies]
ˈscabrously adv
ˈscabrousness n


(ˈskæb rəs)

1. having a rough surface because of minute points or projections.
2. indecent; obscene.
3. full of difficulties.
[1575–85; < Latin scab(e)r rough]
scab′rous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scabrous - rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
2.scabrous - dealing with salacious or indecent material; "a scabrous novel"
dirty - (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency; "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth"


1. Having a surface that is not smooth:
2. Bordering on indelicacy or impropriety:


[ˈskeɪbrəs] ADJescabroso


adj (= indecent)geschmacklos
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Otter, a humdrum and respectable little person, had scabrous intrigues.
Playing as a septet, with the addition of trumpet and violin, they delivered a two-hour set laden with their deliciously scabrous trademark stories rolled out on Moffat's two-in-the-morning drawl.
That would be a big change for the residents of Davao, too, after seeing their mayor in rugged clothes and hearing him use scabrous language, even on his Sunday television program, for more than two decades.
Riotous, excoriating, and often brutally blunt, the Kienholzes' oeuvre--comprising everything from scabrous riffs on racism, sexism, and militarism to more subdued takes on loneliness and ennui--remains surprisingly, and lamentably, as relevant to American culture today as it did at the time of its initial conception.
Generating its own unique energy, this film directed by Sean S Baker is colourful, scabrous and sad.
Speaking to me last year about the original 18th century work he said: "John Gay took a form called opera, and subverted it in the sense that not only are the characters in the shadow of operatic stereotypes, but more particularly he treats it like an opera, and yet all the music in it are cheap, scabrous little ditties which everyone knew, that everyone sang on the streets.
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Car-jacked and beaten to within an inch of his life by the fabulously titled Scabrous Scrotus and his war boys, Max stumbles through the desert and is found by a hunchbacked scavenger called Chumbucket.
While Eye applauds efforts to promote engineering to young people, it cannot help feeling that El-Rewini's efforts are destined to fall on ears already deafened by the more scabrous attack of Eminem and mellifluous tones of Kanye.
He ties himself in sailing knots trying to work out if he is making a scabrous attack on corporate greed and globalisation, a redemption story of fathers and sons, or a simple nerve-frayed thriller.
They also shared a taste for sexual intrigue in poetry though Donne's was erotic and not scabrous.
EDINBURGH -- The Royal Lyceum Theatre here has a modest hit on its hands, a slightly scabrous play that tells the story of Scotland's parliamentary vote to dissolve itself and join the kingdom of England in 1707.