Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Scurrilous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Scurrilous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Such as befits a buffoon or vulgar jester; grossly opprobrious or loudly jocose in language; scurrilous.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Latin scurrīlis, jeering, from scurra, buffoon, possibly of Etruscan origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French scurrile, from Latin scurrilis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Their wits indeed serve them to that sole purpose, to make sport, to break a scurrile jest, which is levissimus ingenii fructus, the froth of wit, as

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • “Peace with thy scurrile jests!” answered Edith, colouring deeply.

    The Talisman

  • In our ordinary talk and fallings out, the most opprobrious and scurrile name we can fasten upon a man, or first give, is to call him base rogue, beggarly rascal, and the like:

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • [5143] Another terms it the companion of all filthy delights and enticements, and 'tis not easily told what inconveniences come by it, what scurrile talk, obscene actions, and many times such monstrous gestures, such lascivious motions, such wanton tunes, meretricious kisses, homely embracings.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 'Tis not scurrile this, but chaste, honest, most part serious, and even of religion itself.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • And, indeed, as [52] Scaliger observes, nothing more invites a reader than an argument unlooked for, unthought of, and sells better than a scurrile pamphlet, tum maxime cum novitas excitat [53] palatum.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • As the barking of a dog, I securely contemn those malicious and scurrile obloquies, flouts, calumnies of railers and detractors; I scorn the rest.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Any scurrile pamphlet is welcome to our mercenary stationers in

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • After Denver district Judge Jeff Bayless 'ruling granting an injunction against Colorado's Amendment 2 going into effect until a ruling on its constitutionality can be determined by the courts, you will not be surprised to find that scurrile material attacking Gays is once again a cottage industry in Colorado.

    Soapbox Issue #2 by Chad Skelton

  • The writers paid by the party antagonistic to the Borgia growth in power therefore slung the more scurrile accusation.

    She Stands Accused

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