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bedraggled

[bih-drag-uh ld] /bɪˈdræg əld/
adjective
1.
limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
Origin of bedraggled
Related forms
unbedraggled, adjective

bedraggle

[bih-drag-uh l] /bɪˈdræg əl/
verb (used with object), bedraggled, bedraggling.
1.
to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
Origin
1720-30; be- + draggle
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  • It was the grim resolution of a bent, bedraggled, but unbroken pride.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • She had changed the bedraggled frock for the green one she had worn the night before.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The 'large white plumes' that dance before the eyes of youth soil, and are bedraggled.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
  • His relief was so great that, forgetting his own bedraggled condition, he laughed.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He was bound to her, he was leashed to her, and he must go begrimed and bedraggled to the dregs of life with her.

    The Bondman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for bedraggled

bedraggled

/bɪˈdræɡəld/
adjective
1.
(of hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud

bedraggle

/bɪˈdræɡəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make (hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
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Word Origin and History for bedraggled
adj.

1727, past participle adjective from bedraggle.

bedraggle

v.

1727, from be- + draggle, frequentative of drag.

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