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.
scurvy definition by Webster's New World
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adjective scurvier, scurviest
- low; mean; vile; contemptible
Origin: ; from scurf
a disease resulting from a deficiency of ascorbic acid in the body, characterized by weakness, anemia, spongy gums, bleeding from the mucous membranes, etc.
Origin: < scurvythe
scurvy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness. adjective scur·vi·er
Origin: From Middle English scurfy, characterized by scurf (influenced by French scorbut, scurvy), from scurf, scurf; see scurf.
scurvy - Medical Definition
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C and characterized by spongy bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and weakness.
scurvy - Science Definition
A disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, characterized by bleeding of the gums, rupture of capillaries under the skin, loose teeth, and generalized weakness.