[ drag-uhl-teyld ]

  1. untidy; bedraggled; slovenly.

Origin of draggle-tailed

First recorded in 1645–55; draggle-tail + -ed3

Words Nearby draggle-tailed

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How to use draggle-tailed in a sentence

  • The party was made up of a ferret-faced man with a red nose, a draggle-tailed woman, and a child in a crazy perambulator.

    Huntingtower | John Buchan
  • No one knew of it save Bough Van Busch and the draggle-tailed woman.

    The Dop Doctor | Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • In the midst of it, the Crows noticed a Monkey sliding along, drenched and draggle-tailed, looking like a drowned Rat.

    The Talking Thrush | William Crooke
  • People go by, so drenched and draggle-tailed that I have often wondered how they found the heart to undress.

  • The Pink Moir Antique was torn into a draggle-tailed pink train.

British Dictionary definitions for draggletailed


/ (ˈdræɡəlˌteɪld) /

  1. archaic (esp of a woman) bedraggled; besmirched

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