1. The quality or state of being scurrile or scurrilous; mean, vile, or obscene jocularity.
Your reasons . . . have been sharp and sententious, pleasant without scurrility.Shak.
2. That which is scurrile or scurrilous; gross or obscene language; low buffoonery; vulgar abuse.
Interrupting prayers and sermons with clamor and scurrility.Macaulay.
Syn. Scurrilousness; abuse; insolence; vulgarity; indecency.
(Scur"ril*ous) a. [See Scurrile.]
1. Using the low and indecent language of the meaner sort of people, or such as only the license of
buffoons can warrant; as, a scurrilous fellow.
2. Containing low indecency or abuse; mean; foul; vile; obscenely jocular; as, scurrilous language.
The absurd and scurrilous sermon which had very unwisely been honored with impeachment.Macaulay.
Syn. Opprobrious; abusive; reproachful; insulting; insolent; offensive; gross; vile; vulgar; low; foul; foul-mouthed; indecent; scurrile; mean.
Scur"ril*ous*ly, adv. Scur"ril*ous*ness, n.
(Scur"rit) n. (Zoöl.) The lesser tern [Prov. Eng.]
(Scur"ry) v. i. [Cf. Scur, Skirr.] To hasten away or along; to move rapidly; to hurry; as, the
rabbit scurried away.
(Scur"ry), n. Act of scurrying; hurried movement.
(Scur"vi*ly) adv. In a scurvy manner.
(Scur"vi*ness) n. The quality or state of being scurvy; vileness; meanness.
(Scur"vy) a. [Compar. Scurvier ; superl. Scurviest.] [From Scurf; cf. Scurvy, n.]
1. Covered or affected with scurf or scabs; scabby; scurfy; specifically, diseased with the scurvy. "Whatsoever
man . . . be scurvy or scabbed." Lev. xxi. 18, 20.
2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; contemptible. "A scurvy trick." Ld. Lytton.
That scurvy custom of taking tobacco.Swift.
[He] spoke spoke such scurvy and provoking terms.Shak.
Scurvy grass [Scurvy + grass; or cf. Icel. skarfakal scurvy grass.] (Bot.) A kind of cress (Cochlearia
officinalis) growing along the seacoast of Northern Europe and in arctic regions. It is a remedy for the
(Scur"vy), n. [Probably from the same source as scorbute, but influenced by scurf, scurfy,
scurvy, adj.; cf. D. scheurbuik scurvy, G. scharbock, LL. scorbutus. Cf. Scorbute.] (Med.) 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