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[skrag-lee] /ˈskræg li/
adjective, scragglier, scraggliest.
irregular; uneven; jagged.
shaggy; ragged; unkempt.
1865-70; scrag + -ly Unabridged
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Examples for scraggly
  • It is a large, fast growing tree that becomes ragged and scraggly with age.
  • There's no point in wasting water by trying to keep alive scraggly or diseased plants.
  • Out behind there was only a flat creosote desert, except for one scraggly tree.
  • Behind my mountain fortress was a vast desert, with nothing but cactus and a few scraggly bushes as far as the eye could see.
  • The cinematography is so tactile that even a scraggly building has the power to move us with its purchase on our attention.
  • He's clean-shaven, a sign of fanaticism in a country of scraggly beards.
  • By nine, the sun was high, and spectators huddled in the shaded viewing stands or under scraggly trees at the park's perimeter.
  • If the bad guys win a close one, it's all been for naught: scraggly process in the service of evil.
  • He has a scraggly mustache and a small white beard growing off the bottom of his chin.
  • For a suburbanite, few experiences are more wrenching than watching a lush green lawn turn brown and scraggly.
British Dictionary definitions for scraggly


adjective -glier, -gliest
untidy or irregular
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Word Origin and History for scraggly
1869, from scrag "a raw-bones; a skinny person" (1542), probably from a Scand. source (cf. Norw. skragg "a lean person," dialectal Swed. skragge "old and torn thing," Dan. skrog "hull, carcass"); perhaps related to shrink (q.v.). Scraggy "gaunt and wasted" is attested from 1611.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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