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[meyn-jee] /ˈmeɪn dʒi/
adjective, mangier, mangiest.
having, caused by, or like the mange.
contemptible; mean:
a mangy trick.
squalid; shabby:
a mangy little suburb.
Origin of mangy
1520-30; mange + -y1
Related forms
mangily, adverb
manginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mangy
  • Two or three miserable dogs accompanied them, half-starved and mangy, but each decorated with a collar of beads.
  • With his little rat teeth and little rat claws and stinky rat tail and mangy rat hair and chunky rat belly.
  • The streets of the capital are filled with mangy canines and dog owners are few.
  • Often, people call saying they've sited a coyote when in fact, they've seen a gray fox or a mangy red fox.
  • One gray wolf had a radio-collar and appeared to be mangy.
  • Often, people call saying they've seen a coyote when in fact, they've seen a gray fox or a mangy red fox.
  • She is weak and mangy as she leaves the cave in search of food.
British Dictionary definitions for mangy


adjective -gier, -giest
having or caused by mange: a mangy dog
scruffy or shabby: a mangy carpet
(Irish, informal) stingy or miserly: a mangy reward
Derived Forms
mangily, adverb
manginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for mangy

by 1745, from mange + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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