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bedraggled

[bih-drag-uh ld]
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adjective
  1. limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
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Origin of bedraggled

Related formsun·be·drag·gled, adjective

bedraggle

[bih-drag-uh l]
verb (used with object), be·drag·gled, be·drag·gling.
  1. to make limp and soiled, as with rain or dirt.
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Origin of bedraggle

First recorded in 1720–30; be- + draggle
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  • She had changed the bedraggled frock for the green one she had worn the night before.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • His relief was so great that, forgetting his own bedraggled condition, he laughed.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The plumage, once shining with hues direct from heaven, is soiled and bedraggled.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude

  • He is dressed neither in a rainbow, nor bedraggled with blood.

  • The lieutenant mopped his face on a bedraggled handkerchief.

    Oomphel in the Sky

    Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for bedraggled

bedraggled

adjective
  1. (of hair, clothing, etc) limp, untidy, or dirty, as with rain or mud
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bedraggle

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

adj.

1727, past participle adjective from bedraggle.

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bedraggle

v.

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

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