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scraggy

[skrag-ee] /ˈskræg i/
adjective, scraggier, scraggiest.
1.
lean or thin; scrawny.
2.
3.
irregular; craggy; jagged.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; scrag + -y1
Related forms
scraggily, adverb
scragginess, noun
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Examples from the web for scraggy
  • In fact, he was more often lyrical and tender: instead of scraggy crows, soft-footed cats.
  • Prices had risen so high, nobody would buy the scraggy chickens sitting in cages outside the meat shop.
  • The cop's tongue dapped at the scraggy moustache while he scribbled.
British Dictionary definitions for scraggy

scraggy

/ˈskræɡɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
lean or scrawny
2.
rough; unkempt
Derived Forms
scraggily, adverb
scragginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for scraggy
adj.

early 13c., "rough, jagged" (figurative); 1570s, of landscape, "rough, rugged, stumpy;" 1610s, of persons, "gaunt and wasted, lean, thin, bony;" see scrag + -y (2), and cf. scroggy, scraggly. In Scottish, scranky. Related: Scragginess.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scraggy

scraggy

adjective

Gaunt and wasted; lean; bony: snapshot of a scraggy Sindona as an apparent captive (1611+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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