[bih-drag-uh ld]
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Origin of bedraggled

Related formsun·be·drag·gled, adjective


[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.

Origin of bedraggle

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

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Contemporary Examples of bedraggled

Historical Examples of bedraggled

  • She had changed the bedraggled frock for the green one she had worn the night before.


    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.


    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


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


  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

1727, past participle adjective from bedraggle.



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

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