Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Entry: scabrous (adj.)

In context: See previous.

Definition: Rough with minute points or knobs, as distinguished from unevenness of surface: esp. Natural Hist. and Physiol.

Other: A number of fun alternative definitions for this one:

In fig. phr. with reference to caustic writing.

Of an author, his composition or style: Harsh, unmusical, unpolished.

Full of obstacles, difficult, ‘thorny’.

Risky, bordering upon the indelicate. Now freq. used in various extended senses: nastily abusive, disgusting, repulsive.

SNOOT score: 2

Page: 197
Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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