or man·gey

adjective, man·gi·er, man·gi·est.
  1. having, caused by, or like the mange.
  2. contemptible; mean: a mangy trick.
  3. squalid; shabby: a mangy little suburb.

Origin of mangy

First recorded in 1520–30; mange + -y1
Related formsman·gi·ly, adverbman·gi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mangey

Historical Examples of mangey

  • It was one of those little one-ring affairs, you know, with a mangey camel, and a moth-eaten lion and a troop of trained dogs.

    Quarter-Back Bates

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Of course, the mangey creature—ceasing the while from its perennial self-scratching—will hoot something derogatory.

    Pickwickian Studies

    Percy Fitzgerald

British Dictionary definitions for mangey


adjective -gier or -giest
  1. a variant spelling of mangy



adjective -gier or -giest
  1. having or caused by mangea mangy dog
  2. scruffy or shabbya mangy carpet
  3. Irish informal stingy or miserlya mangy reward
Derived Formsmangily, adverbmanginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for mangey



by 1745, from mange + -y (2).

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