bedraggle

[ bih-drag-uh l ]
/ bɪˈdræg əl /

verb (used with object), be·drag·gled, be·drag·gling.

to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.

Nearby words

  1. bedpan,
  2. bedplate,
  3. bedpost,
  4. bedquilt,
  5. bedrabble,
  6. bedraggled,
  7. bedrail,
  8. bedrid,
  9. bedridden,
  10. bedrock

Origin of bedraggle

First recorded in 1720–30; be- + draggle

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Examples from the Web for bedraggle

  • Instead of cultivating your graces you bedraggle them with labor!

    For Gold or Soul?|Lurana W. Sheldon


British Dictionary definitions for bedraggle

bedraggle

/ (bɪˈdræɡəl) /

verb

(tr) to make (hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
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Word Origin and History for bedraggle

bedraggle

v.

1727, from be- + draggle, frequentative of drag.

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