An example of scurvy is feeling weak and dizzy from not getting enough vitamin C in your diet.
An example of scurvy is someone stealing Halloween candy baskets from children on Halloween night.
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.
- Alternate etymology is, from Middle Dutch, from Middle Low German.