MEANING: adjective:
1. Having scabs.
2. Mean or contemptible.

ETYMOLOGY: From scab, from Old Norse skabb (scab, itch). Earliest documented use: 1526.

NOTES: The word scab started out as a skin disease, evolved into a word for a crust over a wound, and then figuratively, into a moral disease. Eventually, it was applied to a mean person, especially a strike-breaker. Two other terms for such a person are fink and blackleg.

SCARBY - worker in an itinerant carnival; a carny or roustabout (after Scarborough Fair)

SCA-BABY - a teen-ager preoccupied with Jamaican music

SCA BOY - a young man who's very active in the Society for Creative Anachronisms