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

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • Most of the captives were of the appearances denominated "scraggy" or "knotty."

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • But scraggy was faithful to his trust, and revealed nothing.

    Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne
  • Probably he was tired of water, and swamp and water, and scraggy trees and water.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • We passed through the scraggy uplands of Lower Macedonia, and so to Salonika.

  • With this they bought thirty-five acres of scraggy farm land.

    Gulf and Glacier Willis Boyd Allen
  • It was scraggy, and though it tore and bruised him he clung to it.

  • But it is the scraggy ones who seem to delight in displaying their angles.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • Jasper twisted his scraggy neck nervously in his loose collar.

    The Ancient Law Ellen Glasgow
  • I wish you could give me some; but we have all scraggy rats' tails.


    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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