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[skrag-lee] /ˈskræg li/
adjective, scragglier, scraggliest.
irregular; uneven; jagged.
shaggy; ragged; unkempt.
Origin of scraggly
1865-70; scrag + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His face was covered with a scraggly growth of red beard, too short to hide his sunken cheeks.

  • On either side of the road stretched a scraggly growth of trees.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • A poor woman elbowed him, her shabby hat adorned by a scraggly plume, a gray shawl wrapped round her shoulders.

    The Girl From His Town Marie Van Vorst
  • "Hosses," answered Watts with an important jerk at his scraggly beard.

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • Half an hour of winding advance through the midst of the scraggly low-growing trees brought them to the notch in the rim-ridge.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for scraggly


adjective -glier, -gliest
untidy or irregular
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scraggly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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