most unscabbed


[skab-id, skabd]
covered with or affected by scabs.
Obsolete. mean or petty.

1250–1300; Middle English; see scab, -ed3

scabbedness, noun
unscabbed, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., "skin disease," developed from O.E. sceabb "scab, itch" (related to scafan "to scratch") and from O.N. skabb "scab, itch," both from P.Gmc. *skab- "scratch, shave" (related to shabby). Sense reinforced by cognate L. scabies "scab, itch, mange" (from scabere "to scratch;" see
scabies). Meaning "crust which forms over a wound or sore" is first attested c.1400. Meaning "strikebreaker" first recorded 1806, from earlier sense of "person who refuses to join a trade union" (1777), probably from meaning "despicable person" (1580s), possibly borrowed in this sense from M.Du.
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Medical Dictionary

scab (skāb)

  1. A crust formed from and covering a healing wound.

  2. scabies or mange in domestic animals or livestock, especially sheep.

v. scabbed, scab·bing, scabs
To become covered with scabs or a scab.
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Science Dictionary
scab   (skāb)  Pronunciation Key 
A crust that forms over a healing wound, consisting of dried blood, plasma, and other secretions.
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Cultural Dictionary

scab definition

Informally, a worker who stays on the job while others go on strike. Also, a worker brought in to keep a plant operating when its work force is on strike. (See strikebreaker.)

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