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[skrag-ee] /ˈskræg i/
adjective, scraggier, scraggiest.
lean or thin; scrawny.
irregular; craggy; jagged.
Origin of scraggy
First recorded in 1565-75; scrag + -y1
Related forms
scraggily, adverb
scragginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scraggy
Historical Examples
  • Cover those latter districts with scraggy pines, and their resemblance to the uplands of Canada will be complete.

  • Paklin made a sad grimace, and pointed to his scraggy, crippled legs.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • From the ladder one could reach a long limb of a scraggy apple tree upon which hung early apples nearly ripe.

    Little Maid Marian Amy E. Blanchard
  • Most of the captives were of the appearances denominated "scraggy" or "knotty."

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • Voirbo looked at the small body and wizened face, the thin, scraggy neck and the lustreless eyes.

    Remarkable Rogues Charles Kingston
  • It was scraggy, and though it tore and bruised him he clung to it.

  • Very lean and scraggy they both were when the snow melted and the geese took a thought to go North.

    Dusty Star Olaf Baker
  • Jasper twisted his scraggy neck nervously in his loose collar.

    The Ancient Law Ellen Glasgow
  • It is dotted with Hamlets of the usual kind; and has patches of scraggy fir.

  • I wish you could give me some; but we have all scraggy rats' tails.

    Salome Emma Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for scraggy


adjective -gier, -giest
lean or scrawny
rough; unkempt
Derived Forms
scraggily, adverb
scragginess, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scraggy

early 13c., "rough, jagged" (figurative); 1570s, of landscape, "rough, rugged, stumpy;" 1610s, of persons, "gaunt and wasted, lean, thin, bony;" see scrag + -y (2), and cf. scroggy, scraggly. In Scottish, scranky. Related: Scragginess.

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



Gaunt and wasted; lean; bony: snapshot of a scraggy Sindona as an apparent captive (1611+)

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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