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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.
Especially when you listen to the likes of Trolley Dashers, a track which combines unvarnished, adolescent energy with the sort of surreal, scabrous humour Mark E Smith would have been proud of.
They are wild-eyed, injured from collisions with cars, possess scabrous pelts and scavenge in rubbish heaps.
On the strength of Monday's opening episode (Channel4, 10pm) of this new Transatlantic toe-curler though, I'm glad to say Baron Cohen's back on scabrous, skewering form.
On the strength of Monday's opening episode of this new Transatlantic toe-curler, though, I'm glad to say Baron Cohen's back on scabrous, skewering form.
Covering a vast territory of roughly 140 square miles--in which newly refurbished lofts and hipster hangouts sit a stone's throw from the slouching, scabrous shells of abandoned homes--Detroit can sustain either narrative, demise or rebirth.
In medieval Europe, street beggars would rub it on their faces and into wounds to sustain their scabrous appearance.
Hype aside, it was a dazzling performance, fabulously secure technically with, for a composition of such scabrous activity, a vibratorich tone that in the Moderato Kanneh-Mason developed into a full-blown, effulgent presence.
For Turcato, even the use of an unorthodox material such as foam rubber was functional to his research into unusual color tones, as he affirmed when he explicitly made a connection between the "Tranquillanti" and the "Superfici lunari": "I use rubber because its scabrous crust is full of new and wonderful events.
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.
Generating its own unique energy, this film directed by Sean S Baker is colourful, scabrous and sad.
"An 'opera' whose musical foundations seemed entirely borne of the fleshpots and gin palaces, specifically an opera where arias - instead of being arthouse confections - were a festering muck-heap of scabrous little ditties belonging to everyone and no-one.