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shaggy

[shag-ee] /ˈʃæg i/
adjective, shaggier, shaggiest.
1.
covered with or having long, rough hair.
2.
untidy; unkempt:
a shaggy person.
3.
rough and matted; forming a bushy mass, as the hair or mane.
4.
having a rough nap, as cloth.
5.
characterized by sloppy planning or execution: a shaggy production of Macbeth.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; shag1 + -y1
Related forms
shaggily, adverb
shagginess, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for shagginesses

shaggy

/ˈʃæɡɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
having or covered with rough unkempt fur, hair, wool, etc: a shaggy dog
2.
rough or unkempt
3.
(in textiles) having a nap of long rough strands
Derived Forms
shaggily, adverb
shagginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for shagginesses

shaggy

adj.

"rough, coarse, unkempt," 1590s, from shag (n.) + -y (2). Related: Shaggily; shagginess. Earlier was shagged, from Old English sceacgede "hairy;" cf. Old Norse skeggjaðr, Danish skægget "bearded." The shaggy-dog story as a type of joke is attested from 1944, perhaps from vaudeville.

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