Scab meaning

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Scab is defined as for a crusty surface to form over a wound.

An example of scab is for a cut to begin to heal.

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The definition of a scab is a rough or crusty piece of skin, especially one that forms over a healing wound, or a worker who refuses to strike.

An example of a scab is a crust over a cut.

An example of a scab is a person who takes over the job of a worker who is striking against an employer.

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A crust discharged from and covering a healing wound.
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Scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.
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A person regarded as contemptible.
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To become covered with scabs or a scab.
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To work or take a job as a scab.
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A crust that forms over a sore or wound during healing.
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A mangy skin disease, as scabies, of animals, esp. sheep.
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To become covered with a scab; form a scab.
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To work or act as a scab.
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A crust discharged from and covering a healing wound.
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Scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.
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To become covered with scabs or a scab.
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A crust that forms over a healing wound, consisting of dried blood, plasma, and other secretions.
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An incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed during healing.
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The mange, especially when it appears on sheep.
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Any of several different diseases of potatoes producing pits and other damage on their surface, caused by streptomyces bacteria (but formerly believed to be caused by a fungus).
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Common scab, a relatively harmless variety of scab (potato disease) caused by Streptomyces scabies.
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(botany) Any one of various more or less destructive fungal diseases that attack cultivated plants, forming dark-colored crustlike spots.
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(founding) A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
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A mean, dirty, paltry fellow.

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(slang) A worker who acts against trade union policies, especially a strikebreaker.
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(intransitive) To become covered by a scab or scabs.
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(intransitive) To form into scabs and be shed, as damaged or diseased skin.
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To remove part of a surface (from).
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(intransitive) To act as a strikebreaker.
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(UK, Australia, New Zealand, informal) To beg (f), to cadge or bum.

I scabbed some money off a friend.

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Origin of scab

  • Middle English from Old Norse skabb

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English sceabb, Old Norse skabb, Latin scabies (“scab, itch, mange.") Cognate with Old English scafan, Latin scabere (“to scratch").

    From Wiktionary