- 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.
- low; mean; vile; contemptible
Origin of scurvyfrom scurf
Origin of scurvy< scurvythe adjective
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 skyrbjÃºgr, skyr (“sour milk") + bjÃºgr (“swelling, tumour") whence the Icelandic skyrbjÃºgur (“scurvy"). Compare German scharbock, Late Latin scorbutus.
- Alternate etymology is, from Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German.