- rough with small points or knobs, like a file; scaly or scabby
- marked with or as with scabs; blotchy, encrusted, etc.
- full of difficulties
- indecent, shocking, improper, scandalous, etc.
Origin of scabrousLate Latin scabrosus from Classical Latin scabere, to scratch: see scab
- Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch: a scabrous scar; a plant with scabrous leaves.
- Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.
Origin of scabrousLate Latin scabrōsus from scaber scabr- scurfy
(comparative more scabrous, superlative most scabrous)
- covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely rough
- After the incident with the gasoline, Noel's burnt arm remained scabrous, and was susceptible to infections.
- having indecent sexual content or connotation, rough
- The novel was a flagrantly scabrous bodice-ripper, and Rachael was ashamed to read it in public.
- (figuratively) harsh; unmusical