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[skrag] /skræg/
a lean or scrawny person or animal.
the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton.
Slang. the neck of a human being.
verb (used with object), scragged, scragging.
Slang. to wring the neck of; hang; garrote.
Metallurgy. to test (spring steel) by bending.
Origin of scrag
First recorded in 1535-45; obscurely akin to crag2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scragged
Historical Examples
  • "I should have been scragged, and no mistake," said the boy, with a shiver.

  • Tell me what happened in the woods after I got scragged and Mike carted me up here?

  • Just in case you get scragged in one of these brawls and I don't?

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • That old man would have been glad to see you scragged, Mr. Ainsleigh.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
  • Besides, could he not plead that he had repaid the pals who had been scragged?

  • Why, it means that he is to be scragged to-day or to-morrow.

  • "Lie still down below for a few weeks, or go out and be scragged," said Dick Flairer.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • I promised your poor Auguste that you should be happy; he wanted to make you a rich woman, and he got scragged for your sake.

  • And there is Theodore, who was just going to have his hair cropped to be scragged at four this afternoon!

  • I can't help likening thee to that poor gipsy wench, Sybil; but may I be scragged if I'd use thee as her lover has used her.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for scragged


a thin or scrawny person or animal
the lean end of a neck of veal or mutton
(informal) the neck of a human being
verb (transitive) scrags, scragging, scragged
(informal) to wring the neck of; throttle
Word Origin
C16: perhaps variant of crag; related to Norwegian skragg, German Kragen collar
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Word Origin and History for scragged



1540s, "lean person or animal, a raw-bones;" perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skragg "a lean person;" dialectal Swedish skraka "a great, dry tree; a long, lean man," skragge "old and torn thing," Danish skrog "hull of a ship, carcass," Icelandic skröggr, a nickname of the fox); perhaps from root of shrink.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for scragged

scrag 2


An unattractive woman; dog

[1940s+ Students; probably fr hag reinforced by the name of the ugly Scraggs family in the comic strip ''Li'l Abner'' and possibly by earlier slang, ''a raw-bones; a skinny person,'' found by 1542]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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