KJV Dictionary Definition: scurviness


SCUR'VINESS, n. from scurvy. The state of being scurvy.


SCUR'VY, n. from scurf; scurvy for scurfy; Low L. scorbutus. A disease characterized by great debility, a pale bloated face, bleeding spongy gums, large livid tumors on the body, offensive breath, aversion to exercise, oppression at the breast or difficult respiration, a smooth, dry, shining skin, &c.; a disease most incident to persons who live confined, or on salted meats without fresh vegetables in cold climates.


1. Scurfy; covered or affected by scurf or scabs; scabby; diseased with scurvy.

2. Vile; mean; low; vulgar; worthless; contemptible; as a scurvy fellow.

He spoke scurvy and provoking terms. Shak.

That scurvy custom of taking tobacco. Swift.