from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch. See Synonyms at rough.
- adj. Difficult to handle; knotty: a scabrous situation.
- adj. Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely rough
- adj. having indecent sexual content or connotation, rough
- adj. harsh; unmusical
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Rough to the touch, like a file; having small raised dots, scales, or points; scabby; scurfy; scaly.
- adj. Fig.: Harsh; unmusical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rough; rugged; having sharp points or little asperities.
- Harsh; unmusical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
- adj. dealing with salacious or indecent material
Late Latin scabrōsus, from scaber, scabr-, scurfy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin scabrosus. (Wiktionary)