- covered with scales or scabs, or otherwise extremely physically rough
After the incident with the gasoline, Noel's burnt arm remained scabrous, and was susceptible to infections.
- having indecent sexual content or connotation, rough
2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian:
- What began as a zeitgeisty outlaw romp in the Uncool Britannia of the 1990s is now reborn as a scabrous and brutal black comedy about middle-aged male disappointment and fear of death.
- (figuratively) harsh; unmusical
with a rough or scaly surface