how to pronounce scab


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An example use of scab in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… picket lines he's bony scab the 1930s …”

meanings of scab


  1. A mean, dirty, paltry fellow.
  2. Any of several different diseases of potatoes producing pits and other damage on their surface, caused by streptomyces bacteria (but formerly believed to be caused by a fungus).
  3. An incrustation over a sore, wound, vesicle, or pustule, formed during healing.
  4. Any one of various more or less destructive fungal diseases that attack cultivated plants, forming dark-colored crustlike spots.
  5. Common scab, a relatively harmless variety of scab (potato disease) caused by Streptomyces scabies.
  6. The scabies.
  7. The mange, especially when it appears on sheep.
  8. A slight irregular protuberance which defaces the surface of a casting, caused by the breaking away of a part of the mold.
  9. A worker who acts against trade union policies, especially a strikebreaker.


  1. To beg (for), to cadge or bum.
  2. To become covered by a scab or scabs.
  3. To remove part of a surface (from).
  4. To act as a strikebreaker.
  5. To form into scabs and be shed, as damaged or diseased skin.

scab frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word scab occurs in english on average 0.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics scab can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that scab can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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