[bih-drag-uh l]

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

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

Origin of bedraggle

First recorded in 1720–30; be- + draggle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bedraggle

Historical Examples of bedraggle

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

    For Gold or Soul?

    Lurana W. Sheldon

British Dictionary definitions for bedraggle



(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper