s) KEY ADJECTIVE:
- Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch. See Synonyms at rough.
- Difficult to handle; knotty: a scabrous situation.
- Dealing with scandalous or salacious material: a scabrous novel.
Late Latin scabrsus
, from scaber, scabr-
, scurfyOTHER FORMS:scabrous·ly(Adverb)