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or mangey

[meyn-jee] /ˈmeɪn dʒi/
adjective, mangier, mangiest.
having, caused by, or like the mange.
contemptible; mean:
a mangy trick.
squalid; shabby:
a mangy little suburb.
Origin of mangy
First recorded in 1520-30; mange + -y1
Related forms
mangily, adverb
manginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mangy
Historical Examples
  • We'll show 'em that we won't be bothered any longer with their mangy wars.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • He had goggling, bloodshot eyes, mangy moustaches, and a broken nose.

  • No trace of her passing on the hard earth with its mangy growth of grass.

  • So fine a fellow, and so mangy a following, it would be hard to find.

  • His practice was to wear on his head, in that tropical climate, a mangy fur cap.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • It was all rock, except in a few spots where there was some scrub bushes and mangy grass.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • They're a mangy, stick-in-the-mud, follow-in-the-old-ruts crowd.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne
  • About his chest and shoulders hung a single, mangy garment of goat-skin.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London
  • Git out o' here; I'm ashamed to be seen speakin' to a mangy hound like you.

  • Got his nerve with him, the mangy calf-eater, comin' up to the ranch thataway.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for mangy


adjective -gier, -giest
having or caused by mange: a mangy dog
scruffy or shabby: a mangy carpet
(Irish, informal) stingy or miserly: a mangy reward
Derived Forms
mangily, adverb
manginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for mangy

by 1745, from mange + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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