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scrubby

[skruhb-ee] /ˈskrʌb i/
adjective, scrubbier, scrubbiest.
1.
low or stunted, as trees.
2.
consisting of or covered with scrub, stunted trees, etc.
3.
undersized or inferior, as animals.
4.
wretched; shabby.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; scrub2 + -y1
Related forms
scrubbily, adverb
scrubbiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scrubbiness

scrubby

/ˈskrʌbɪ/
adjective -bier, -biest
1.
covered with or consisting of scrub
2.
(of trees or vegetation) stunted in growth
3.
(Brit, informal) messy
Derived Forms
scrubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for scrubbiness

scrubby

adj.

"stunted, inferior, shabby," 1590s; see scrub (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "covered with scrub" is from 1670s. Related: Scrubbiness.

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