Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch.
  • adjective Dealing with scandalous or salacious material.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rough; rugged; having sharp points or little asperities.
  • Harsh; unmusical.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Rough to the touch, like a file; having small raised dots, scales, or points; scabby; scurfy; scaly.
  • adjective rare Fig.: Harsh; unmusical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely rough
  • adjective having indecent sexual content or connotation, rough
  • adjective figuratively harsh; unmusical

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective rough to the touch; covered with scales or scurf
  • adjective dealing with salacious or indecent material

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin scabrōsus, from scaber, scabr-, scurfy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin scabrosus.

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