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scrappy1

[skrap-ee] /ˈskræp i/
adjective, scrappier, scrappiest.
1.
made up of scraps or of odds and ends; fragmentary; disconnected.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; scrap1 + -y1
Related forms
scrappily, adverb
scrappiness, noun

scrappy2

[skrap-ee] /ˈskræp i/
adjective, scrappier, scrappiest. Informal.
1.
fond of fighting, arguing, or competing.
Origin
1890-95, Americanism; scrap2 + -y1
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  • The prose is scrappy, disorganized, and full of these parentheses and cancellations.
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  • Given that fossils are too scant and scrappy to offer any clues, biologists have been reluctant to hazard a guess.
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  • The consumer electronics business, once the playground of large companies, has seen scrappy entrepreneurs charge in.
  • Hedge funds are infamous for being scrappy and secretive.
  • It was better to backtrack, every move elegantly reversed, than to climb in a clumsy or scrappy way.
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  • While there will always be a role for scrappy entrepreneurs in the oil business, size is becoming increasingly important.
British Dictionary definitions for scrappy

scrappy1

/ˈskræpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
fragmentary; disjointed
Derived Forms
scrappily, adverb
scrappiness, noun

scrappy2

/ˈskræpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
(informal) pugnacious
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Word Origin and History for scrappy
adj.

"consisting of scraps," 1837, from scrap (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "inclined to fight" (1895) is from scrap (v.2). Related: Scrappily; scrappiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scrappy

scrappy

adjective

Inclined to fight; pugnacious (1895+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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