- The definition of scurvy is an offensive or mean person.
An example of scurvy is someone stealing Halloween candy baskets from children on Halloween night.
- Scurvy is a disease caused by not getting enough ascorbic acid.
An example of scurvy is feeling weak and dizzy from not getting enough vitamin C in your diet.
Origin of scurvy< scurvythe
Origin of scurvyFrom Middle English scurfy, characterized by scurf (influenced by French scorbut, scurvy), from scurf, scurf; see scurf.
(usually uncountable, plural scurvies)
(comparative scurvier, superlative scurviest)
- Noun usage from the adjective scurvy influenced by or a variant of scurfy. Took on meaning of Dutch scheurbuik, French scorbut (“scurvy”), possibly from Old Norse skyrbjúgr, skyr (“sour milk”) + bjúgr (“swelling, tumour”) whence the Icelandic skyrbjúgur (“scurvy”). Compare German scharbock, Late Latin scorbutus.
- Alternate etymology is, from Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German.