What does scurvy mean?

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ˈskɜr viscurvy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scurvy, scorbutus(adj)

    a condition caused by deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

  2. abject, low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy(adj)

    of the most contemptible kind

    "abject cowardice"; "a low stunt to pull"; "a low-down sneak"; "his miserable treatment of his family"; "You miserable skunk!"; "a scummy rabble"; "a scurvy trick"


  1. scurvy(Noun)

    A disease caused by insufficient intake of vitamin C leading to the formation of livid spots on the skin, spongy gums, loosening of the teeth and bleeding into the skin and from almost all mucous membranes.

  2. scurvy(Adjective)

    Contemptible, despicable, low, disgustingly mean.

  3. Origin: * Noun usage from the adjective scurvy#Adjective influenced by or a variant of scurfy. Took on meaning of scheurbuik, scorbut, possibly from skyrbjúgr, skyr + bjúgr whence the Icelandic skyrbjúgur. Compare German scharbock, Late Latin scorbutus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scurvy(noun)

    covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy

  2. Scurvy(noun)

    vile; mean; low; vulgar; contemptible

  3. Scurvy(noun)

    a disease characterized by livid spots, especially about the thighs and legs, due to extravasation of blood, and by spongy gums, and bleeding from almost all the mucous membranes. It is accompanied by paleness, languor, depression, and general debility. It is occasioned by confinement, innutritious food, and hard labor, but especially by lack of fresh vegetable food, or confinement for a long time to a limited range of food, which is incapable of repairing the waste of the system. It was formerly prevalent among sailors and soldiers

  4. Origin: [Probably from the same source as scorbute, but influenced by scurf, scurfy, scurvy, adj.; cf. D. scheurbuik scurvy, G. scharbock, LL. scorbutus. Cf. Scorbute.]


  1. Scurvy

    Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C, which is required for the synthesis of collagen in humans. The chemical name for vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is derived from the Latin name of scurvy, scorbutus, which also provides the adjective scorbutic. Scurvy often presents itself initially as symptoms of malaise and lethargy, followed by formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. Spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized. As scurvy advances, there can be open, suppurating wounds, loss of teeth, jaundice, fever, neuropathy and death. Scurvy was at one time common among sailors, pirates and others aboard ships at sea longer than perishable fruits and vegetables could be stored and by soldiers similarly deprived of these foods for extended periods. It was described by Hippocrates, and herbal cures for scurvy have been known in many native cultures since prehistory. Scurvy was one of the limiting factors of marine travel, often killing large numbers of the passengers and crew on long-distance voyages. This became a significant issue in Europe from the beginning of the modern era in the Age of Discovery in the 15th century, continuing to play a significant role through World War I in the 20th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scurvy

    skur′vi, adj. scurfy: affected with scurvy: scorbutic: shabby: vile, vulgar, contemptible.—n. a disease marked by livid spots on the skin and general debility, due to an improper dietary, and particularly an insufficient supply of fresh vegetable food.—adv. Scur′vily, in a scurvy manner: meanly, basely.—ns. Scur′viness, state of being scurvy: meanness; Scur′vy-grass, a genus of cruciferous plants, efficacious in curing scurvy. [Scurf.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Scurvy

    An acquired blood vessel disorder caused by severe deficiency of vitamin C (ASCORBIC ACID) in the diet leading to defective collagen formation in small blood vessels. Scurvy is characterized by bleeding in any tissue, weakness, ANEMIA, spongy gums, and a brawny induration of the muscles of the calves and legs.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scurvy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scurvy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of scurvy in a Sentence

  1. Jorgen Stoltz:

    In the summer there is arrowgrass, which tastes of coriander, all year round we find scurvy grass, which is what the Vikings used to bring around Europe as a medicinal herb. We also call it wasabi wort because of its intensity, just like horseradish.

  2. Mary Bertone:

    Get thee glass eyes And, like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not.

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