scraggly

[skrag-lee]
adjective, scragglier, scraggliest.
1.
irregular; uneven; jagged.
2.
shaggy; ragged; unkempt.

Origin:
1865–70; scrag + -ly

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scraggly (ˈskræɡlɪ)
 
adj , -glier, -gliest
untidy or irregular

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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.
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Example sentences
It is a large, fast growing tree that becomes ragged and scraggly with age.
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.
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