scurvy
Noun

scurvy (uncountable)

  1. (disease) 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.
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scurvy (comparative scurvier, superlative scurviest)

  1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Leviticus 21:18-20 ↗:
      whatsoever man […] be scurvy or scabbed
  2. Contemptible, despicable, low, disgustingly mean.
    a scurvy trick; a scurvy knave
    • circa 1610-11 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III scene ii:
      What a pied ninny's this! Thou scurvy patch!
    • 1709, Jonathan Swift, A Project for the Advancement of Religion and the Reformation of Manners
      […] that scurvy custom among the lads, and parent of the former, vice, taking tobacco
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