Definition of scabrous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskeɪbrəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪbrəs//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈskæbrəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæbrəs//
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  1. 1(formal) offensive or shocking in a sexual way synonym indecent
  2. 2(specialist) having a rough surface synonym scaly scabrous skin
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (first used to describe an author's style as ‘harsh, unmusical, unpolished’): from French scabreux or late Latin scabrosus, from Latin scaber ‘rough’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scabrous