- disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: scandalous behavior in public.
- defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
- attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person: a scandalous, vicious gossip.
adj.late 15c., from French scandaleux, from Medieval Latin scandalosus “scandalous,” from Church Latin scandalum (see scandal). Related: Scandalously.