follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

scraggly

[skrag-lee] /ˈskræg li/
adjective, scragglier, scraggliest.
1.
irregular; uneven; jagged.
2.
shaggy; ragged; unkempt.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; scrag + -ly
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web 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

scraggly

/ˈskræɡlɪ/
adjective -glier, -gliest
1.
untidy or irregular
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for scraggly
adj.

"having a rough, irregular, or ragged appearance," 1831, from scrag + -ly (1); also cf. scraggy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for scraggly

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for scraggly

15
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for scraggly