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scrappy1

[skrap-ee]
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adjective, scrap·pi·er, scrap·pi·est.
  1. made up of scraps or of odds and ends; fragmentary; disconnected.
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Origin of scrappy1

First recorded in 1830–40; scrap1 + -y1
Related formsscrap·pi·ly, adverbscrap·pi·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scrappiness

scrappy1

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. fragmentary; disjointed
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Derived Formsscrappily, adverbscrappiness, noun

scrappy2

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. informal pugnacious
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Word Origin and History for scrappiness

scrappy

adj.

"consisting of scraps," 1837, from scrap (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "inclined to fight" (1895) is from scrap (v.2). Related: Scrappily; scrappiness.

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