Scurviness

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scurviness The quality or state of being scurvy; vileness; meanness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: English sailors were referred to as "limeys" because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy
    • n scurviness Scurvy character; meanness; baseness; shabbiness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C) on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was issued on all British Navy ships.
    • ns Scurviness state of being scurvy: meanness
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Get thee glass eyes, and like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things thou dost not.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scurf.

Usage

In literature:

The fresh fish, too, assisted to keep scurvy at a distance.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
The second mate said that those suffering from scurvy would, now have an opportunity of being cured.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
To my mind, it's just as well we had nothing to do with the fellow; he'd have played us some scurvy trick, depend on't.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
It will make us feel more comfortable, and help to keep the scurvy at bay.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
We accordingly had a hearty supper, but we were to make a scurvy return to them for their kindness.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The dreadful scurvy and the cruel cold scourged the newcomers.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
Cold, fatigue, and bad provisions, had brought on the scurvy; and the ships were so weakly manned, that they could hardly navigate them.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
Eight travellers meet in an obscure inn, and some of them with not sufficient money to pay for a scurvy dinner.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
You have had a scurvy welcome to New South Wales.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Scurvy-grass, of some localities.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Here we are as merry as crickets every one, although we're short of fresh meat, and symptoms o' scurvy are beginnin' to show on some of us.
"The World of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
The men smitten with scurvy had, therefore, no chance of recovering.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
The year 1898 had been fever-scourged and haunted by a plague of scurvy, due largely to the lack of vegetables and fruit it was said.
"Policing the Plains" by R.G. MacBeth
It is a scurvy trick to waken thus at the wrong time and trumpet thy nonsense in such fashion.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Their miserable diet, and lack of proper exercise, caused the scurvy in its most repulsive forms to break out among them.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
She had been under my care three years before for sailor's scurvy.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
We must show these scurvy ruffians that we aren't a bit afraid of them.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Soon after Christmas scurvy began to show itself.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The most prevalent diseases, I think, were rheumatism and scurvy.
"Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons" by Homer B. Sprague
This scurvy reward was all that the poor alchymist ever got either for his poetry or his alchymy.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
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In poetry:

Leaking, reeking, nail-sick,
Rolling home again
With their scurvy-rotten seamen
And the plunder of the Main.
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
Aw rarely have a sickly spell,--
Mi appetite aw'm fain to tell
Ne'er plays noa scurvy tricks on me,
Nowt ivver seems to disagree.
"Fairly Weel-off" by John Hartley
I searched the essies," dour with doubt . . .
Darn! It was plain as day
The scurvy knaves had left me out . . .
Oh was I mad? I'll say.
"Include Me Out" by Robert W Service
"I heard onst of a barque," said Murphy.
"Becalmed, that couldn't get a breath,
Till all the crowd was sick with scurvy
An' the skipper drunk himself to death."
"Doldrums: One Of Murphy's Yarns" by Cicely Fox Smith
"A scurvy rogue!" continued Quog.
'Twas easy to outwit the dog.
Altho', perhaps, I risked my life -
I've heard he's handy with a knife.
Ah, well, 'twas for my country's sake . . .
(Thanks; just one slice of currant cake.)"
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
The Thursday after that, at three,
The King invited Quog to tea.
Quoth Quog, "It was a task to bilk . . .
(I thank you; sugar, please, and milk) . . .
To bilk this Tinker and his pranks.
A scurvy rogue! . . . (Ah, two lumps, thanks.)
"The Debate" by C J Dennis

In news:

Fans of KingsIsle Entertainment's family-friendly online adventure game Wizard101 will get their chance to play the game's follow-up title faster than you can keelhaul a scurvy sea dog.
Time was, vitamins were used mostly in hospital wards to treat malnourishment: vitamin B3 for pellagra, vitamin C for scurvy, vitamin D for rickets.
C alifornia cold snap or not, you need to eat your winter citrus or (as Mom used to say) you'll get scurvy.
Aboard one of His Majesty's ships, a British doctor begins clinical testing that will uncover the cause of scurvy and lead to its cure.
Seafaring in the age of sail was backbreaking work and fraught with peril, but the sailor's real scourge was scurvy.
We had Boneless Skanless MC Breed, Scurvy, The Dayton Family and the list goes on.
On the day we celebrate today, 520 years thereafter, Christopher Columbus stepped off a frail, water-sodden, scurvy-ridden vessel onto a Bahamian island — which island isn't known — and discovered political correctness.
Scurvy, being eaten alive by a flock of frenzied flamingos, bursting into flames.
James Cook figured out (mostly) how to prevent scurvy.
Schlock Tactics Texas punk rockers are tacky, nasty, nervy scurvy, and usually not very good musicians.
She has become quite the scurvy dog.
No matter what you're selling, references to scurvy are usually best avoided.
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