Scurvy meaning

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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.

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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.

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Mean; contemptible.
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Low; mean; vile; contemptible.
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A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness.
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A disease caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness.
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A disease resulting from a deficiency of ascorbic acid in the body, characterized by weakness, anemia, spongy gums, bleeding from the mucous membranes, etc.
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A disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, characterized by bleeding of the gums, rupture of capillaries under the skin, loose teeth, and generalized weakness.
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(pathology) A disease caused by insufficient intake of vitamin C leading to the formation of livid spots on the skin, spongy gums, loosening of the teeth and bleeding into the skin and from almost all mucous membranes.
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Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy.
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A scurvy trick; a scurvy knave.

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Origin of scurvy

  • From Middle English scurfy characterized by scurf (influenced by French scorbut scurvy) from scurf scurf scurf

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

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Alternate etymology is, from Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German.

    From Wiktionary