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[drag-uh l-teyld] /ˈdræg əlˌteɪld/
untidy; bedraggled; slovenly.
Origin of draggle-tailed
First recorded in 1645-55; draggle-tail + -ed3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Bill Sykes likes to be tried in a black coat, and draggle-tailed Sal smooths her tangled locks before she enters the dock.

    Mr. Witt's Widow Anthony Hope
  • People go by, so drenched and draggle-tailed that I have often wondered how they found the heart to undress.

  • The Pink Moir Antique was torn into a draggle-tailed pink train.

  • All ordinary housekeepers are at the mercy of the filth and insolence of a draggle-tailed, novelette-reading feminine democracy.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • In the midst of it, the Crows noticed a Monkey sliding along, drenched and draggle-tailed, looking like a drowned Rat.

    The Talking Thrush William Crooke
  • The party was made up of a ferret-faced man with a red nose, a draggle-tailed woman, and a child in a crazy perambulator.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • No one knew of it save Bough Van Busch and the draggle-tailed woman.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

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